Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 4, December 2010

Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



How strange for tears to well up while pushing a cart through the linoleum aisles of a grocery store. Are they because I'm once again on my feet after three bedridden weeks from this season's influenza? Or are they more related to the fear? My daughter had recently suffered the same sickness. As I left for the store, I thought of asking her, Did you ever feel even for a moment as if you might not make it? But I knew her answer would differ from mine.

The rattle of cart wheels brings me back to the task at hand: soup for the returned appetite. I want the thin broth that my mother brought to the bedside when I was sick. But then I find other temptations: butternut squash, ginger carrot, sweet potato, mulligatawny, cream of leek ...

winter melon soup –
the anticipation
of my lover's kiss


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