UHTS The “Samurai” Haibun Contest, 2017 Honourable Mention

Changing Trains


I board the late night train. I agree to hold a fellow passenger’s baby while she sorts out her bags and finds the baby’s things. The woman is clearly flustered, and she sighs heavily as she searches her bag. The swaying of the train sends me off to sleep. Next thing I know, I awake to find the woman has disappeared along with her bags and bottles, and I am holding a wriggling baby who is starting to cry with hunger.



tight little fists
on cherry tree twigs …
hard frost


The UHTS The “Samurai” Haibun Contest, 2017 Honourable Mention

SEEDPODS – February 2018




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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