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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

HAIBUN
 

Sharecropper
Jeffrey Woodward

 

It was my mother's great uncle, patiently waiting there just outside the screen door for perhaps the last time, the straw hat with the soiled band crumpled in his hand, there with the gaunt exterior of a black-and-white Walker Evans' Depression Era photograph, his skin wrinkled and parchment-thin, his voice like an echo in a dry well, his singular tale that of lean times and crop failure, of winds blowing the very land away, leaving only parched lips, only the vacant gaze.


not a drop of rain
since the hired hand came —
a faraway freight

 


Jeffrey Woodward Jeffrey Woodward resides in Detroit. His poems and articles are published widely throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He currently edits Haibun Today and acts in the capacity of Associate Editor for The Hypertexts. His selected poems, In Passing, were published in 2007 and he recently edited The Tanka Prose Anthology (M.E.T. Press).