Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
Haibun: Graham Nunn
The faintest drops of rain touch my face as I open the car door. The blue sky of morning is now peppered with clouds moving up from the south. Leaves spin down from the tall eucalyptus that ring the car park. My daughter's voice is lost in the crackle of quivering boughs, as she chases the leaves across the bitumen. We run together to the bush walk's entrance, dodging the now fat drops of rain. Each one kicks up its own miniature dust storm as it hits the ground. Beneath the canopy of trees, the birds are active. Currawongs and lorikeets move restlessly among the branches. Everything is seeking shelter as we take off, our arms outstretched to catch the wind.
Saturday Night for Poets
Saturday night and the mall is crawling. The groups are distinct and keep their distance.
Apple-cheeked boys and girls with lustful eyes and unquenchable thirsts zigzag in and out of bars.
Power-dressed thirty-somethings in sidewalk cafes watch the action over the rims of wine glasses.
Sad whiskered old men curl up on their own piece of the street nursing their bottles like a mother.
And I belong nowhere.
Scribbling madly to make sense of it all.
Graham Nunn is a Brisbane based writer, current Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival and founding member of local performance group speedpoets (www.speedpoets.zap.to/). His first collection of haiku, A Zen Firecracker, published by Impressed Publishing (www.impressedpublishing.com) was released in 2003. Share the Tragedy (a collection of poems) will be published by Impressed in October 2004.