Haibun Today

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

Harriot West
Eugene, Oregon, USA


Abundant Blessings

Mother cooked and father carved but sometimes the carving was a savage affair like that Thanksgiving when the turkey was underdone and father took the platter with the bloody bird into the kitchen where he yanked off the drumsticks with his hands and hacked off bits of flesh from the breast while the rest of us sat around the dining room table pretending we didn't hear him swear and mother weep and when the platter returned we mumbled thanks grateful not for the food we were about to eat but for the chance to pile our plates with quivering slices of cranberry jelly and the sweetness of honey-flavored yams.

thirty one days till Christmas
a wishbone
on the windowsill







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