Haibun: Out on a Limb


My parents warned me to stay away from the woods. There was an ogre in the woods, huge, old, and hairy, and he liked to eat children.

I was climbing on a tree branch and noticed a strange old man watching me through the fence. I screamed and tried to jump down but the branch broke, catching my skirt, leaving me twirling upside down, like a fly caught in a web. I fell to the ground and ran for my life.

grandma’s house
the shape beneath
her bed cover

© Martha Magenta


Haibun Today – Journal of Haibun and Tanka Prose, December 2, 2017


About Martha Magenta

Martha Magenta is an award-winning haiku poet living in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, veganism, animal rights, Earth and the environment. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. Her poetry, haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded first, second and third prizes and Honourable Mentions in contests for haiku, tanka and haibun in 2017 - 2019. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017 and 2018. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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