Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse (haibun)


Entering the waiting room, everyone leaves a vacant seat between themselves and the next patient. Until it becomes so full, that late arrivals squeeze into the in-between seats, trying not to touch the patients next to them.
I gaze at the floor, everyone avoids eye-contact, each alone with our own thoughts.


mother’s drawer
an empty jar
of Vick’s vapour rub


© Martha Magenta


Narrow Road Literary Journal, Vol 3, December 2017, page 60


And also on Scribd (for downloading)


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.
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