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Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3

HAIBUN

Healers
Dru Philippou

 

She knows the Yarrow and Chamomile blossom, the Chicory and Dandelion root, the Baneberry and Coffee Berry. And, not to forget the Crampbark and Hardneck Garlic. She realizes they love to be known, too. All these things she understands and remains open to their secrets. These healers cherish the warmth of her feelings inside them. They love where her thoughts carry them into the hills and valleys, into swamps and springs. After studying all these things handed down for generations, they too sense that a cut as opposed to a clip can be too much.

la curandera*
unlatches her door
the scent of remedies

*curandera is the Spanish word for healer.


Dru Philippou was raised in London and currently lives in Taos, New Mexico. She has published in Poesia Internationl Poetry Review, Epicenter: A Literary Periodical, Rosebud, Malleable Jangle, Miller's Pond, Tiger's Eye, Aught, Contemporary Haibun Online, Modern Haiku, Acorn, Roadrunner, Snapshots, Tinywords, Lynx, bottle rockets, Clouds Peak.

Her work has been anthologized in Contemporary Haibun Vol. 7, 2005, and The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku: Inside The Mirror, 2005.

Awards include a tie in the Scorpion Prize "commendation for the best haiku or senryu of an issue," Roadrunner VI:I, 2006; and winner of a competition for The Annual British Haiku Society Haibun Anthology, 2005.