Sunday, September 7, 2014

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

My mother is helping me hang wallpaper in the kitchen of my first house. Eagles, oak leaves and acorns march one-two, one-two around the walls, back to our starting point above the window. But here’s a dilemma—we’ll have to put two eagles side-by-side, or else two oak leaves. To me, either arrangement looks glaringly wrong. But my mother cheerfully pastes up two eagles in a row, taking care to select a left-facing eagle where the pattern calls for right.

a circle
inked on white paper—
open to the drift
of stardust and ashes

                 ~Haibun Today 8:3, Sept. 2014


  1. Yes! Your tanka extends the prose in a way that opens this into something extraordinary. Lovely work, as always.

  2. Wonderful! Especially the prose - what a great story! Congrats on getting it published :)