< 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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Janet Lynn Davis
Grimes County, Texas, USA

Day One

Harvey, once an unrelenting hurricane and now a tropical storm, hovers over the Houston metropolis, releasing its wrath. Our bodies motionless in front of the TV, we watch an out-of-town reporter navigate a boat down a road-river; he rescues stunned apartment dwellers along the way. The local stations have been broadcasting Harvey's siege nonstop, even before the brutish storm first showed its face around here. But bayou floodwaters flow into the studios of one station, ultimately forcing it off the air until it can set up operations elsewhere. Several hours later, a news anchor and the chief weathercaster, dressed in matching polo shirts and seated at a folding table, dish out updates. The weathercaster's hair is a little mussed, his face gray and tired. To think that this is just the beginning.

epic rains—
in a news ticker
streaming across the screen
The 'Scared' Heart School
open for shelter

Author’s Note: The word 'Scared' in the tanka is not a typo. It's intentional.