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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Distance between Breathing In and Breathing Out: A Haibun

For Samuel Beckett and Matsuo Basho

Out of one dream the same dream is reborn.

I am hand-picked by the director to sit front row center for the play, Breath. The play has no actors, just a stage full of rubbish. It begins with a brief, faint cry, then the amplified sound of a human breath accompanied by a
n increase and decrease in the intensity of the light, followed by another faint cry as the lights fade and the curtain falls.

you're my dreaming heart
a butterfly darts in and out
of my shadow

Published in Contemporary Haibun Online, 7:3, October 2011