No need to say much about this Book of the Week, by the late, lamented Hortensia Anderson. Her The Plenitude of Emptiness, one of the most honoured books of haibun so far published, set a standard for the many to aspire to.
“If haibun didn’t exist, it’s possible that Hortensia Anderson would have had to invent it” —Jim Kacian, from his Introduction
The Sickroom Window
Another night of rain passes into a day of stiffened joints. I force myself to get up to open the window. As I do, the world, having been held back by the closed glass, pours in. I let myself lie down again. Tightness loosens into drowsiness as a trace of sweetness carried on a breeze reaches me.
gnarled peach tree –
cling to the clouds
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.