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 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:
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