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Issue 11: January 2022
Haibun: 92 words
By Lew Watts

Anathema

 

I think Robbo chucked the first tart, but I copped it. Mrs Pugh saw me and threw me out. Stuffed a note in my pocket—“Your son is no longer welcome in Sunday school”—and pushed me out the door. I was wearing shorts. All the boys wore shorts, and it was sleeting. Pretty soon I couldn’t feel my thighs. They were spreathed red-raw by the time Mam answered the door. Dad got home from work just after.

one palm print larger
than all the rest—
Cueva de las Manos

 

Lew Watts
Issue 11, January 2022

is the author of Lessons for Tangueros (poetry), Marcel Malone (novel), and Tick Tock (haibun collection). His haibun have been widely published and anthologized. In 2019 he was elected into the New Resonance community of haiku poets, and he is a haibun editor at Frogpond (journal of the Haiku Society of America). Originally from Wales, he now lives in Chicago, USA.

 
 
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