< meta charset="UTF-8"> Haibun Today: A Haibun & Tanka Prose Journal

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 4, December 2019

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Taofeek Ayeyemi (Aswagaawy)
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Once We Were Innocent

A pair of weaverbirds and a laughing dove flounder around a puddle. Getting closer, I expect them to take flight, but instead they flap between my legs, seeking refuge. Stepping carefully, I wonder what could be wrong with them—are they ill? If I were a younger me, I would take them home, place them in a bamboo birdcage, affix to it a sardine tin and a milk can for food and drink, until they felt better. But today I hurry along, late for a lunch appointment with my lawyer, no time to stop. Never any time to stop. A few steps farther, I see a broken crate of beer—probably fallen from an overloaded truck—and a pile of smashed bottles. The beer flowing into the puddles where the weaverbirds and dove are splashing again.

high noon –
a dog keeps barking
at its owner