Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 5, Number 3, September 2011

Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Dusky Moments

Free of the Canadian winter, I float into the warm, transparent waters of Saint Croix. On my way to the beach, I had bought snorkel, mask and fins and a copy of Guide to Marine Life. Yellow-finned Blue Tangs and black-striped Angelfish flow like butterflies through the reef while feeding on algae. A tiny, coal-colored Dusky Damselfish patrols its private patch and drives off invaders by feigning attacks and nipping them.

Later, while I'm relaxing with a beer at the Pirate's Pub, a mob of brightly garbed tourists flow off a cruise ship to graze the shops and caf├ęs. As my nook fills with commotion, I fire off a stream of silent invective: "What a Loudmouth!" "She looks like a beached whale!" "Where did he get that shirt!"

without a nip
striped bikini


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