Super-8 . . .

My father’s voice is rich and deep as he keeps up his stream of commentary.  There’s the Eiffel Tower, girls.  There’s the Place de la Concorde.  That’s Paris, the City of Light, at night.  He is speechless only once, when the film speeds ahead to the forgotten image of a young brunette posed before a sidewalk café.  Her hair flips up in perfect symmetry on each side of her delicate face.  And she is wearing a smile that can only be described as winsome.

 jump cut . . .
the Mediterranean
floods the paper screen

A second later, my mother is snapping her fingers to wake me.  My father hushes her, picks me up, and carries me to my room.  Alone, I cast the names of foreign places out on whispered speech, breaking each word into syllables, each syllable into sounds; curling and uncurling my tongue until the strangeness wears off, until the names become as familiar as my own.

 shadow dance
all the places I have
yet to see

Contemporary Haibun Online, vol. 8, no. 1, April 2012


P.S. National Poetry Month starts April 1, and I’ll be hosting a series of guest poets here throughout the month!  Come back often and help me celebrate!


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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4 Responses to Super-8 . . .

  1. This is magical, Margaret.

  2. sanjuktaa says:

    How i love this, Margaret!

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