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

http://haibuntoday.com/

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About marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, Earth and the environment, animal rights and veganism. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. She has been writing poetry for several years. More recently she has studied haiku and related arts. Her poetry, haiku, senryu and tanka have appeared in a number of journals and magazines. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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