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

 

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