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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 3, September 2013

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Peter Butler
London, England


The Rose

The rose is hyperventilating in a jam jar. My grand daughter beams, awaiting approval. Perhaps it's thirsty, I say. She gives it lemonade to help it grow, squeezed from her plastic bottle, skips off to play with Barbie doll.

I try to engage with the rose. However well-meant, I suggest, the garden can be a hostile place, omitting to mention it is late in the season and I am about to deadhead its entire family.

a handful of petals
she sprinkles
the fish


Editor's Note: This haibun appears in Peter Butler's haibun collection, A Piece of Shrapnel, published in the UK December, 2012.

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