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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3


Ray Rasmussen


Midnight. I wake up in her candle-lit bedroom, our bodies cupped, my hand resting on her breast. She snuggles closer, says, "Again?" And, later, "Stay tonight."

In the dream, small black dogs turn somersaults and jump through fiery hoops. The spotlit high-wire artist, a red-sequined woman balanced on his shoulders, takes a tentative step. Below, a clown cavorts with a butterfly net to catch them when they fall.

3 a.m.
kicking loose
the too-tight blankets


Ray Rasmussen Ray Rasmussen's haiku, haiga, haibun and articles have been accepted for publication in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Contemporary Haibun, Heron's Nest, Simply Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Haibun Today, Haigaonline, Contemporary Haibun Online, Roadrunner, Tinywords, Haiku Harvest, The World Haiku Review, Lynx and Ink Sweat & Tears. Ray designed the Contemporary Haibun Online web site and serves as technical editor. His web page designs are currently used by Simply Haiku and Roadrunner haiku journals. He has served as haiga editor for Simply Haiku and haibun editor for the World Haiku Review. Ray dreamed that in a previous life he was a university professor.