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 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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