Bush Tucker . . .

At dinner, I find myself surrounded by tourists from a geriatric bus tour who’ve traveled from the seaside town of Adelaide to see the Outback before it’s too late.  Seated next to me is a soft-spoken woman named June.  She has clear blue eyes; silvered hair she’s swept up into an immaculate beehive; and the kind of timeless beauty most women hope for as they age.

Between courses—a watery soup, a lackluster tossed salad, a presentable corned beef with cabbage and small roasted red potatoes—June tells me about her life.  How her husband died a few months ago from cancer.  How their only child, a daughter, lives a continent away in Kuala Lumpur. How much she misses them both, as well as her two grandchildren—a boy and a girl.  How friends told her she needed to be with other people.  That she should experience a bit of her own country.  That a change of scenery would do her good.

By the time the apple crumble arrives, we’re almost family.

particle of light . . .
the gentle blurring of hands
when we wave farewell

Contemporary Haibun Online, vol. 8, no. 3, October 2012


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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2 Responses to Bush Tucker . . .

  1. A lovely haibun, Margaret. By the end of the story, the reader is family too…

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