Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Contents Archives About Simply Haiku Submissions Search
Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4


Eddie and Me
Betty Kaplan


Who is the second most important man in the life of a woman? Why, her hairdresser of course.

I met Eddie when we moved to Florida. Now hairdressers change beauty shops often. So, I followed Eddie from one beauty shop to another for twenty years. When he decided to move to another state, I was devastated. What to do!

Along came Tommy. Eddie was very conservative. Somehow, whatever he did, I always looked the same. Tommy is adventurous. I ended up with an entirely new look and I love it.

"Change is good."

I still keep in touch with Eddie but I have never told him of my new look.

in front of the beauty parlor
two fluffed up pigeons

Betty Kaplan is retired from the Fashion Industry. She used to arrange clothes, and now arranges words. She started to write haiku nine years ago and has published in Frogpond, Lynx, Woodpecker, South by Southeast, World Haiku Review, American Tanka, A Tribute to Betty Kaplan in Sketchbook, December 2006.