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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


Robert Hecht


We drive along the Sacramento River on our way to Chico to visit my sister-in-law's mother. It's early spring, and we pass miles of white-blooming almond trees.

On entering her small house, I'm amazed by the books. Shelves everywhere, sagging, overloaded. A lifetime of literature. Tiny and wizened in her 80s, she still reads voraciously and is forthright, if not cantankerous, in expressing her views.

A few months later, pancreatic cancer has been diagnosed and is doing its rapid work. With hospice care at home, surrounded by family, she spends her last days on morphine. As death nears, she tells her daughter of her realization that she'll never read another book.

seawater lagoon
scattered ashes
go their own way


name Robert Hecht was first exposed to haiku back in the late 60s, with Dharma Bums, and R.H. Blyth's books. He dabbled in writing haiku at that time, but did not turn to it seriously until last year. He earns his living as a writer-producer-director of educational video and multimedia programs. He and his wife work together running their own business, On Point Productions, in San Rafael, California.

Robert is also a fine art photographer. His work has been exhibited both in the USA and abroad and has been published in numerous photography periodicals. His haibun and haiku have been published or are forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online, Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, bottle rockets, Roadrunner Haiku, and Big Sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2006