Haibun Today

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

Cynthia Rowe
Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia



We sit there discussing my spine, whether I have stress fractures—normal at my age. He recommends exercises for my knee, which he claims shows signs of muscle atrophy. In such a short time! I exclaim. Our eyes stray to each other's jewellery.

This musculoskeletal specialist sports a substantial diamond on his right hand, while I am wearing my trusty engagement ring—reset more than once over the years. He tells me to contact him if there is no improvement, if I feel the need to talk things over. As I stand to leave he steals one final glance at the sapphire on my ring finger. Under the surgery's fluorescent lighting, the stone winks a rainbow of colours.

anniversary . . .
tram tracks burnished
by the setting sun







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