Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 2, June 2010

Theresa Williams
Bradner, Ohio, USA


All Night and Day

Ryokan casts off his sandals and warms his feet beside the fire. My dogs make him at home with their kisses, lick the floor wherever he’s been. Later, I decide, we'll drink sake, read Akiko Yosano, and long for love. Once, I stood at the foot of a bed I shared with my young husband. My brown hair was long and thick; it covered my shoulders and my breasts, swollen and tender. I offer Ryokan a piece of cake made of sweet batter, bitter rind, and black seeds. All night and day, sifting snow.

in the cottonwood
a nest and strands
of graying hair




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