< 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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Maeve O'Sullivan
Dublin, Ireland

Power Source

We walk over to Glenageary railway station in the evening to meet Dad coming from work. On the way home, he asks us what we did today. Dad’s briefcase of chocolatey brown leather has the letters E.S.B. printed in black on the front. That’s where he works, in an office near Saint Stephen’s Green where we sometimes go to feed the ducks with pieces of stale bread. At his work, they have been building a big new chimney, so tall that everyone in Dublin will be able to see it. Dad and some other men have designed it and there will be red and white stripes painted on the top. He tells us that people usually grow to love tall new structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even if they don’t like them in the beginning. Dad also says that we need the chimney to help to make electricity so we can have our houses warm and bright, so we can keep the cookers hot and the fridges cold.

Mum hums a tune
sprinkling sesame seeds
onto her brown bread

Note: E.S.B. stands for Electricity Supply Board.