Distraction 101

I accompany my daughter to the surgical center in predawn darkness. My three year old grandson is scheduled for a procedure. He wants a drink of water, which is not allowed before anesthesia. He is very focused on his need for liquid. When we leave the house his mother points to the moon, still high in the sky. He asks, ” Mama, can we drive right under the moon?” “Sure, Bud,” says his mom. He stops asking for a drink, the unpleasantness of his thirst forgotten for the moment.

rock star
all eyes
turn to watch

Failed Haiku : A Journal of English Senryu

March 2017

Ito En -The Art of Haiku Contest 2016

first light
chatter of a goldfinch
opening day lilies

March 2016 Semifinalist

marble sky
from horizon to horizon
a threat of hail

April 2016 Semifinalist

firefly
Dad’s cigar flickers
in the dark

August 2016 Semifinalist