Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
Betty Kaplan: Haibun
My father came from Russia. When my younger sister was born, he was left with five little girls to bring up.
her name was Flora
When papa would set the table, he would first put down a sheet of newspaper.
dishes set out
One day I invited a friend over for lunch. I put down the newspaper. She asked, "where is the table cloth?" I was so embarrassed. I did not know of table cloths.
Many years later, I was watching a movie about Russian immigrants. They were expecting cousins for dinner. The mother covered the table with a newspaper.
There was my childhood. It was not that papa did not know what to do. It was the way of the immigrants at that time.
a holiday table
(Originally published by Lynx)
more, it is voice response.
.....tangled strings --
Betty Kaplan is retired from the Fashion Industry. She used to arrange clothes, and now arranges words. She started to write haiku five years ago and has published in Frogpond, Lynx, Woodpecker, South by Southeast, World Haiku Review and American Tanka.