Morning Vine (haibun)

Posted by - December 20, 2016 - Issue No. 16.3


My mornings are not much. Outside of the apartment is a courtyard I love in passing. Going to the car every day I nod to a distinctive Bougainvillea bush of purple petals surrounding one branch of white.

This time of year, however, all the petals are gone, leaving a grisly, desolate plant.

day after day
blossoms eaten by
Basho’s horse


ABOUT THE POET: Oleg Kagan is a writer and librarian from Los Angeles. His haiku and other poems have been published in FrogpondcattailsROKOKOSaturation, Phantom Seed, and numerous poetry anthologies. His infrequently updated website is

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