As my daughter feeds her horse, I step out of the car to the sound of a jet soaring overhead. I’ve known only the quiet of this place, and the occasional neighs, but now the flight path cuts a huge swath of sky.
During my children’s early years, the planes flew from west to east. I would lift my son and daughter as high as I could, as if flying objects were so easy to touch. Now, as they try out their new wings, I wish them a soft landing.
Today, a jet travels east to west, but childhood flies only one way.
the last time we hug
is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and
the author of seven books of haiku-based writing. Titles include Steel Cut Moon
(Cholla Needles Press, 2019), and three from Yavanika Press: No Velcro Here
(2019), The Silence We Came For (2020), and Fingerbone Sky (2021).
His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including
Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, The
Aurorean, and The Cherita among others.
In 2017, Peter invented a new haiku-centered linked form called “split
sequence.” His recent book, Just Dust and Stone (Velvet Dusk
Publishing, May 2021), is a collection of collaborative split sequences co-written
with Bryan Rickert. Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern
“Love Thing”: The Allure of the Split Sequence, craft
essay by Peter Jastermsky in Issue 9 of MacQ (August 2021)