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Haibun – Narrow Road Journal

  Broken Links   Sid has been on his own since Sylvia left. He’s always talking about going places when he’s fixed his motorbike. He has plotted his route on a map in red marker. First, the Portsmouth to Cherbourg … Continue reading

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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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