Haibun ~ Esther
Man and Wheelbarrow
My feet, in suede boots, are gentle on the damp mosses. Shards of graveled
quartz and granite sink into the wet clay path. Dog pads at my side,
her nose reading each stalk of grass and creeping shrub.
The first knobbed kernels of pinecones sprout from the end of branches
laced with droplets of firewater. All sounds are muffled in the soft
air save for the piping of birds.
on electric wires.
A man in coat and
gumboots silently pushes a wheelbarrow out of the mist. He sets to
work there, on the other side of the fence, a dim
by the turtledoves. He is still there when I return from my walk.
dreaming of summer
he waters in
a new row of agapanthus
Esther Theiler lives
where the skirts of Melbourne, Australia brush the surrounding countryside.
Her haiku has been published in Simply
Haiku, paper wasp, World Haiku Review, Modern
Haiku and elsewhere. She
also writes stories and other forms of poetry.
2005: Simply Haiku