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 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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