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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1


Thomas James Martin


I have this recurring fantasy. I travel to northern Ontario and hire a bush pilot who flies me to the Great Slave Lake. It is a one way trip. I carry my trusty Ronco Survival Knife that I bought for $19.95 in a weak moment a few years ago after watching one of those late night infomercials. The top of the large serrated hunting knife is a compass, which screws off to reveal fish hooks, a bit of line, some matches, a folded up saw. I take one eighth of my ancestors with me, the Cherokee relations. I will survive the bitter cold and the bears and wolves. I will fish, find wild berries and rob honey trees. Lichen broths are supposed to be nutritious, even tasty, I understand.

filling the feeders
I watch for
the Northern Flicker


Thomas James Martin Thomas James Martin lives with his wife, Joyce, in Beaverton, Oregon (near Portland), where he is a retired technical writer and journalist. His previous writing includes a volume of poetry, A Southern Line, and a collection of essays, Real Gifts. He has published in several periodicals both online and print through the years. He began writing haiku and haibun in 2008 and has published in Contemporary Haibun Online and Haibun Today. He is a member of the Haiku Society of America, HaikuOz, and the North Carolina Haiku Society.