Sunday, September 6, 2015

A haibun and a poem by Elizabeth Crocket

Not Like Fred and Ginger
I am laying in intensive care in the semi-dark after my second cancer surgery. I am hallucinating that I am on a narrow stretcher that is racing down a highway at night and I am terrified. I am unaware that I am sobbing until I hear the kind and calm voice of my surgeon. He tells me this is hard work, it's not like in the movies, that people don't just dance off into the sunset. I hear myself mutter "just like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers" and he says yes, as he pats my shoulder.
invisible spider web
a single leaf

suspecting something amiss
we didn't see Depression
ready to pounce
its talons soon locked into you
in a surreal sort of way
me, just pumping powerless
watching you in battle
with an ugly beast
howling its name

Elizabeth Crocket has been shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation Touchstone book award for her collection of haibun Not Like Fred and Ginger. Her short form Japanese poetry has been published in Modern Haiku, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Haibun Today, A Hundred Gourds, Cattails, Never Ending Story, The Heron's Nest and more. Her poetry has been published in Word Riot, The Mastadon Dentist, Penny Ante Feud and more. Elizabeth's short fiction appears in RKVRY online journal, AscentAspirations, Horror Bound and many more. Elizabeth dreams of knocking on every school's door in the land to read her picture books, yet to find a publisher.

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