< 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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Alexis Rotella
Arnold, Maryland, USA

An Eerie Night

Our round of funny stories is interrupted by the echo of a Great Horned Owl. Everyone at the table turns silent. One of the guests, an avid birder, picks out his favorite app, plays back to the nocturnal creature its own call—waits, but receives no reply. He shares with us sounds of barred and barn owls, elf and screechers that make even the leaves shiver. We listen to velvet calls that soothe us to our core. A few of the sounds seem to come as far away as the grave.

New moon
our ancestors
line up

Before his cup of morning joe, our host looks out at the gazebo, where in the mist a parliament of owls chats it up while pecking at cookie crumbs. The Great Horned pulls out a smartphone from his feathered vest, shares with fellow raptors the voices of all the humans who gathered there last night.