Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
About Simply Haiku
Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1
Out of the Mouths . . .
I'm sitting by a London Thameside pub, sipping a small white wine and reading an article about the way poetry can enhance health and well-being. Suddenly from nowhere a scrawny sandy-haired boy, no more than nine or ten, accosts me waving a crumpled sponsorship form and mumbling something about collecting money for cancer. Why isn't he at school, I wonder. I think of Dickens' Artful Dodger. But somehow I can't refuse.
Looking at the form I see that amounts offered range from £5 to £1.50.
'I'm a bit poor,' I say (being on benefits), plumping for the latter.
'You ain't poor. You ain't on the streets. You look quite nice,' he admonishes me.
Suitably chastised I still offer him what I think is one pound fifty.
'This ain't a pound!' he says, rightfully indignant that I seem to have diddled him. He indicates the stray ten cent euro piece from my purse which I've mistaken for a pound coin.
Feeling even meaner, I rummage for two more fifty pence coins. Reasonably satisfied he takes them and hurries off towards the next table.
I have no idea what activity I have sponsored him to complete.
huddled in blankets...
through plane trees
Diana Webb has published children's stories in the distant past and believes
strongly in the link between recapturing a sense of childlike wonder and writing
haiku. She has a special interest in haiku and well-being. Her work has appeared
widely in British Haiku magazines.
Copyright 2007: Simply Haiku