After Buchenwald . . .

After Buchenwald

It’s a charming Hofbrau we’re treated to on our last night in Weimar, but I have no appetite for either food or company.  At one point, our host for the evening realizes that I’ve neither touched my food nor entered into conversation.  After talking non-stop in his native tongue to our guide, he suddenly leans over to apologize for his rudeness.  “I should be speaking in English,” he says. “So, what do you think of our village?”
death camp
the charred remains
of Goethe’s tree
I’m delighted to have my first published haibun included alongside the work of so many writers I respect and admire.  Thank you, Richard Krawiec, for the opportunity to blend my voice with theirs.

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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8 Responses to After Buchenwald . . .

  1. sanjuktaa says:

    Powerful stuff, Margaret!

  2. Sully says:

    Charming haibun, Margaret. I liked it a lot and you are in very good company. But I did find that new format of NFTG rather confusing and awkward. Best.


  3. Claire says:

    Superb haibun, Margaret! I look forward to reading more…and some tanka prose 😉

    Best Wishes,

  4. Alegria Imperial says:

    I agree with Sanjukta and Sully, hermana. I love how you juxtaposed the narrative with Goethe’s tree! Yes, quite a collection of greats in this issue of NTFG, and you, hermana, are among them! I’m thrilled for you, for the path you’ve taken.

    • Mil gracias, hermana! The tree (or what’s left of it) really stands there, outside the crematorium at Buchenwald. It’s eerie . . .

      Thank you also for your continued kindness. This past year since I began my haiku path has been amazing–not the least of which has been the friendship I have with you, and the encouragement and inspiration you and others give me. Thank you, mi hermana!

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