I’m in junior high when Woodstock happens, longing to live the flower child dream. In the late ’70s, I find my way to a California hippie haven where it’s still the ’60s.
back to the land
I plant a garden
and make kefir
from goat’s milk
A former ugly duckling, I suddenly become the object of unfettered male attention. Nearly every freewheeling stud in the valley wants to grab a hug, a kiss, and more.
fend them off
wondering which one
might steal me
from my boyfriend
With heavy rains, the local swimming holes fill up. A couple dozen of us carpool to a primo backcountry spot. We pile our clothes on the rocks and ease into the chilly, waist-deep water.
of their favorite
Soon my boyfriend buys a used VW van and moves back east. I start canoodling with one of those men, who introduces me to my first husband. And so it goes...
to my first
A California resident and poet for more than 40 years, Cynthia Anderson is the author
of eleven books, most recently a collection of haiku and senryu entitled Full
Circle (Cholla Needles, 2022). Her poems have been published widely in journals
and anthologies, and she has received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and
the Pushcart Prize. In 2020, she took up short-form poetry including haiku, senryu,
cherita, haibun, and split sequences. Her recent work focuses on the natural world
and her family history.
Cynthia is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets
on Crows & Ravens (Green Poet Press). She makes her home in the Mojave Desert
near Joshua Tree National Park.
Author’s website: www.cynthiaandersonpoet.com
Formerly Known as Ion, haibun by Cynthia Anderson which was
nominated by MacQ for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in
Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).