Curtain shadows ebb and flow across the floor. Peas ping into a metal bowl. The women sitting at the kitchen table are a mystery. I don’t remember seeing them before. And what’s going to happen to all these peas? I’ve only ever boiled them and tossed them with butter and salt. I pull a chair up to the table. None of the women mind my presence as long as I’m shelling peas.
a pile of pea pods
for this evening’s soup
After all the peas are shelled, a woman sweeping the floor asks, “You’re Jack, aren’t you?”
“No,” I say, tossing a pea out the window, “I’m his brother.”
is a regular contributor to haiku, haibun, and tanka journals. His fiction, nonfiction,
and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku,
KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, SurVision, Haibun Today, The Haibun
Journal, and Contemporary Haibun Online (the latter for which he served
as content editor from July 2014 thru January 2020).
His chapbook of haibun, tanka prose, and prose poems, Ethiopian Time (Red Bird
Chapbooks, 2014), was an honorable mention in the Touchstone Book Awards. His chapbook
Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks (SurVision Books, 2018) was
a winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize in 2018. He is also the author most recently
of a collection of prose poems, haibun, and senryu, My Thology: Not Always True
But Always Truth (Cyberwit, 2019); and an e-chapbook, What I Say to You
A Posthumous Lesson From My Mother and
The Party, two haibun by Bob Lucky which were nominated by MacQ
for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in
Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).
Featured Poet: Bob Lucky in Issue 10 of MacQ