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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4

HAIBUN

Black
CW Hawes

 

There she stands arrayed all in black: from her knee-high boots to her kohl-rimmed eyes and page boy hair. The pale skin and red-gashed mouth, the only relief. Cigarette smoke lazily drifts from her lips. So young, it seems, to wear ennui.

I too wait for the bus. My suit is navy, shirt white. Tie is blue paisley, hair grey. The newspaper says an Israeli missile killed four U.N. observers. I notice only my shoes are black and mull the merits of a black suit.

ants scurry
along the hot sidewalk
so many shoes


C W Hawes C W Hawes is a bureaucrat by day and a poet by night. He regards as his Muses Shelley, Whitman, Basho, Issa, Ishikawa Takuboku, the Imagists, and Millay. His favorite living poet is Wendell Berry.

He has had more than 250 poems published in print and online in the USA, Canada, Phillipines, and the UK since 2002; over half of which have been in his favorite form, tanka.

He was chosen to be the featured poet twice on Poetic Voices; was guest editor of a Japanese-form issue of The MAG, which appeared Summer 2004; and was a winner in the 2004 Tanka Splendor contest.

He lives in the mid-western USA with his wife, daughter, dog, and cat.