Melting Snow . . .

Melting Snow

At first, I’m not sure what I’m seeing. But mother has seen it too. She points to a gaunt man standing beneath a downspout next to an old Mom and Pop motel with a half-collapsed roof and weathered vacancy sign. He’s dressed in flimsy trousers and a cotton shirt. Melting snow pours out in a waterfall that cascades over his head, his torso, his arms, his spindly legs. He scrubs himself with gloved hands . . . .

another setback
on this road I travel
without you . . .
I try to imagine
my place in the world

A Hundred Gourds, 1:1, December 2011

I am so honored to be a part of the inaugural issue of A Hundred Gourds–a wonderful collection of haiku, haibun, and haiga spearheaded by Lorin Ford.  I’m excited to have my work included among so many friends and fellow poets, and I’m particularly grateful to Editor Ray Rasmussen for helping to shepherd my first tanka prose from birth to publication.


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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6 Responses to Melting Snow . . .

  1. Jim Sullivan says:

    Very nice, Margaret. I like the haibun a lot — the snow, the water, the scrubbing covers a lot of ground. And a haiku too. It was fun seeing the “rich” collection of friends and poets in this issue. Your work is definitely beginning to spread wings.


  2. alee9 says:

    You’re soaring, hermana! I also just read your haiku in THN! I’m so happy for you and as always, so proud to be your hermana. Keep on flying…

  3. sanjuktaa says:

    Poignant and touching! Like it very much, Margaret. This seems to be a very good journal!

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