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Issue 12: March 2022
Haibun: 111 words
By Bob Lucky

One Version of Romance Gone Awry

 

We tried too hard and everything became harder. The faster you try to peel a boiled egg the longer it takes. And love, though not a boiled egg or even a hard nut to crack, has to be excavated or strip mined, uncovered one way or another.

Valentine’s Day
the dark chocolate
not dark enough

We were voles digging for the juicy bulbs of romance. We wanted to discover each other and ourselves, offer the tender morsels of our hearts, but it was too much, and so with as much tenderness as our rough hands could handle, we waved goodbye and stepped into the light.

Bob Lucky
Issue 12, March 2022

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 (proletaria.org, 2020).

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

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

 
 
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