Pearls

First published in Contemporary Haibun Online 16:1, April 2020. Originally written in September 2013. See also “Historical Haibun.”

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
        Japan has . . . undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
        No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
        Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
        I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

                roadside stand—
                the flowers today
                at half price