Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 5, Number 2, June 2011

Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


A Glimpse of the Moon

Every three months, Brieanna and I leave our different cities and journey to a new destination. We've just arrived at a small inn on the Oregon Coast to enjoy the ocean and wildflowers.

While she showers, I lay in bed browsing a collection of Japanese art. One of Yoshitoshi's woodblocks, A Glimpse of the Moon, shows a man, his face masked by a fan, peeking over a wicker fence at a geisha slipping off her pink-floral kimono.

wildrose petals—
a tiny dark spider
waiting underneath

When Brieanna comes into the room, I peek over the top of my book to watch as she sits by the window and brushes her hair and then undresses. Her silhouette surrounded by moonlight, she slowly walks the distance that separates us.

In the morning, I show her the woodblock and confess that I enjoy watching her undress. "And I enjoy you watching," she says while slowly pulling back the covers.

pushing up
through winter's crust
a lavender crocus



"A Glimpse of the Moon," by the late ukiyo-e master Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 – 1892), is number 37 of his woodblock print series, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon.

"A Glimpse of the Moon" can be viewed online here: A Glimpse of the Moon.






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