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 marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. Her haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in a number of journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded Honourable Mentions for her haiku in The Fifth Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, 2017, and the 71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest, 2017, and for her tanka in UHTS “Fleeting Words” Tanka Contest 2017. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017. https://marthamagenta.com/
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