Haibun: Take My Lips


I’m in Acker Bilk country, Pensford, Somerset. I’m freewheeling downhill on my bike, high on adrenalin, rapidly accelerating, and approaching a bend in the road and a brick wall.

Acker Bilk’s house is on the right – but which one?

I apply the brakes hard, but I’m going too fast. I don’t notice the split in the asphalt until I am upon it. My front wheel hits the split, the bike judders to a violent halt and I’m thrown face down onto the road. I drag myself out of the path of oncoming traffic. My mouth, hands, and forearms are flayed and bleeding. No one stops to help.


clarinet refrain . . .
autumn leaves
pass me by


© Martha Magenta


Narrow Road, Vol 4, April 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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