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Family Values

  “Since then I’ve always thought that under rape in the dictionary it should tell the truth. It is not just forcible intercourse; rape means to inhabit and destroy everything.” Alice Sebold – ‘Lucky’   His-story is a global disease … Continue reading

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Two Haibun – Blithe Spirit

Denial   I did not want to hear it.   Your blood pressure is too high, the doctor said. This is serious. You might have a heart attack. I’m going to prescribe some pills. Take one every morning.   thunderheads … Continue reading

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Haibun – Decoy

  Decoy   I found a maggot, the size of a cat, on the kitchen floor. It mimicked a cat, grew ears and whiskers and rubbed against my hand affectionately. But I could still see the rings around its furless … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Haibun: Out on a Limb

  My parents warned me to stay away from the woods. There was an ogre in the woods, huge, old, and hairy, and he liked to eat children. I was climbing on a tree branch and noticed a strange old … Continue reading

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