The closest word for the feeling is from a language I cannot speak. It describes the longing for a home one has never had. A circumstance not part of this world but known to the soul and the inner self. A desire to return to oneness with the divine. An unexplained nostalgia, a brush with a parallel existence. I sense the heat but cannot touch its flames.
shades of blue
the line between
sea and sky
is a haiku poet, a potter, and a scientist based in Connecticut, USA. Her poetry has
been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and has been honored in
The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Awards (individual poem), the Haiku Society of America
Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award, and Japan’s Basho-an Award.
Kat is a Founding Co-Editor of Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem and
and an Associate Editor at Sonic Boom. She serves as a panelist in The Haiku
Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Books Award (2021-present) and is a judge in the
annual Trailblazer Contest. Her third book, Stumbling Toward Happiness, shares
her notes of self-exploration.
Kat’s work, including her experimental “sudo-ku” multi-haiku form,
can be read at her new website: https://katlehmann.weebly.com/
Sensory Revelation Tank, haibun by Kat Lehmann which was nominated
by MacQ for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in
Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).