The chance discovery of a woman’s diary in an abandoned farmhouse in Ontario led Canadian poet Marco Fraticelli to compose haiku to complement the entries, which together told a compelling story of farm life for women during the late 19th and early 20th C. Though separated by a hundred years, the two writers of Drifting, our Book of the Week, the one compelled by loneliness, poverty, and hope, the other by art, come together in a moving testimony to certain universals of human experience.
June 30, 1911
An awful lightning shower. Fifty-one years since I came and opened my eyes to this world of sin.
We had a talk about breaking up.
The last of the dear June month has gone. Not all sadness but so unsettled all the time. I wish I knew where God would have me. Such drifting.
in the window
regretting the things said
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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