Friday, November 20, 2009


I posted this haibun a few days ago. I made some changes to it (Don't you love the process of writing? Some pieces are ever-evovling). Here is the new version. I just received word that it is going to be published in the Spring 2010 volume of Simply Haiku. I've very excited!

"I'm a crooked kind of perfect," she wrote in her journal when asked to describe herself. My students never cease to amaze me. What insight! What wisdom! Eleven years to her credit and she has already accomplished what took me almost three decades. There for the world to see is her brave declaration of self-acceptance, scribbled in number-two lead. I only wish I had learned to love my own beautiful imperfections at such a tender age. I print an 'A' in red ink at the top of the page, giving her so much less than she has given me.

knowing smile-
her braces
catch the light


  1. your HAIKUN captures the imaginary sparkle of joy one has, while discovering her creativity - the telltale signs of an observing teacher, a teacher the student remembers all her life with a high regard.

    happy students are the reflection of a good teacher

  2. Great Haiku, good prose. I love the whole story being catched in a beam.

    Best wishes

  3. Congratulations on the publication. Well deserved.


  4. this version is as good as the other, congratulations...