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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3

HAIBUN
 

HOW STRANGE THE 3 ROOMS LOOK
Roberta Beary

 

the deco fan's slow swirl over a big new bed the pullout couch surrounded by open books a red pencil behind his ear the empty spot where a dark millstream hugged the wall for years a wedding gift to my parents who died before you were born take good care of it the green granite tabletop the worn comfort of formica gone his scrap of paper towel shrinks with each wipe of the toaster until nothing but a speck remains

ocean diner
a busboy slips
into brogue


Roberta Beary Roberta Beary grew up in New York City and currently lives in Maryland.

"I feel a closeness to Japan since I lived in Tokyo for 5 years in the 1990s. While living in Japan, I discovered haiku. Today I am an active member of the towpath haiku group, which meets in the Washington, DC area. We often get together to workshop our haiku and haibun. One of the things I like to do is to look up other haiku poets when I travel. I strongly believe in the power of haibun to tap one's most bittersweet memories."