< 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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Mark Forrester
Hyattsville, Maryland, USA

So Shall You Reap

My father commits himself to composting. Eagerly he gathers the scraps from our plates and the excess from our kitchen. Uneaten salad. Broccoli stems. Rotting alfalfa sprouts. Coffee grounds. Egg shells.

Everything is dumped into the composting pit he has built in our backyard. Through the winter, accompanied by our dog, he walks to the pit regularly, turning the steaming pile as it matures into a rich humus.

In spring, we are blessed with a bountiful crop of fresh tomatoes, sprouted from the seeds discarded in our compost, growing among my mother's flowers.

morning rain—
the smell of woodrot