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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


Ray Rasmussen


Springtime in Utah. For several weeks, I awoke to the song of a black and white warbler, shared breakfast with my hiking companions, and considered the possibilities. From sunup to sunset we explored a labyrinth of canyons, found 1000-year old Anasazi ruins built into sandstone walls, guessed at the meanings of their rock art. By firelight, we shared dinner and musings, drank spirits, watched the moon rise.

Back home in Canada, I wake to sound of house sparrows chattering in the still leafless plum tree, pour milk over dry cereal and consider the possibilities. Read the newspaper? Go shopping? Clean the garage? Pay the bills? At 1 p.m. I have a dental appointment.

my bicycle
resting against the wall—
both tires flat

Ray Rasmussen Ray Rasmussen lives in Edmonton, Canada. He dreamt that in a previous life he was a university professor. He was attracted to haiku when he visited the Kurimoto Japanese Garden near his home and went in search of Asian poetry to supplement his web site. He is the managing editor and webmaster of Contemporary Haibun Online; a past haiga editor and webmaster of Simply Haiku; and a past haibun editor for World Haiku Review. His haiku, haibun, haiga and essays have appeared in Frogpond, Contemporary Haibun, Heron's Nest, Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haigaonline, tinywords, Haiku Harvest, the World Haiku Review and LifeSherpa. His web page designs are currently used by Simply Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, and Roadrunner. Ray's web site is: