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latest issue of ephemerae

Delighted to appear again in one of my favorite journals, ephemerae – vol.1, C

 

snowdrops…
the first ultrasound
becomes the last

 

that time
when I was enough
harvest moon

Human/Kind Journal – Inaugural Issue!

Delighted to appear in the first issue Human/Kind Journal with a senryu: 

death anniversary
I remember
the day after

 

and this haibun:

 

Immaterial Matters

 

Lots of children in the waiting room today. It’s been a year and there have been some subtle changes. No more game shows on the tv. Instead there is a loop of meditative music set to nature images. A couple more plaques under the doctor’s names. Some new photo books. Just enough to remind me that my children have grown and it’ll be another year before I’m back here again.

 

          turning gray I see myself in every mother

 

The nurse rattles off some questions. Any changes to your medical history? No. Any changes to your father’s health? Cancer. Your maternal grandmother still alive? No. Any concerns today? Yes. And she packs up and leaves. Business as usual.

 

          exam room smoothing out the paper gown creases

 

I stare at the wallpaper while I wait. During one prenatal appointment my husband pointed out how the design looks like rows of uteruses. It’s all I can see now.

 

          empty womb the distant cry of a hungry baby

 

My IUD has slipped and needs to be removed. The biggest question I face is who will watch the children.

 

          stay-at-home mom asking permission to take a shower

 

On my way home I joke about close calls with my friend who miscarried two months prior.

 

          between black and white a story in every shade

 

Frameless Sky – Issue 9

 

summer haze
the birdbath
in constant ripple

 

our vows…
a breeze ripe
with dogwood

 

water lilies
how my daughter cups
the sun

 


 

i remember being lead
my hand on her shoulder
her hand on his

 

my eyes opened
to the secret forest

 

and i drew my first breath

 


 

Frameless Sky – Issue 9

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failed haiku – volume 3, issue 36

 

Delighted to have a senryu, 3 haibun, and one experimental haibun using cherita as the prose in the latest issue of Failed Haiku

 

still better
in my memory
first kiss

 


 

As Is

It’s been months since I’ve been alone. Truly alone. Lying on the hotel bed I want nothing more than to soak in my music and let thoughts that have been caged up for years come and lie with me.

half-light
remembering my ex
wife

 


 

Depaysement

After several months of communicating only in French, the mother turned to me and in perfect English says, “could you watch the children so we can go Christmas shopping?”  I couldn’t have loved her more.

wheels down
all the streets
unfamiliar

 


 

Three Years Later

i watch you, watching me

burning
past journals
reincarnation

 


 

way of the river

 

in a drawl like the sun

 

she tells us where
to get the best crawfish

 

we don’t have
the heart to tell her
we’re vegetarians

 

unshaved legs
the furtive glance
of my grandmother

 

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