After Bashō

      by Margaret Dornaus

at home—
hearing the woodpecker
I long for home

I long
for the lizard
as well as the woodpecker

at home
where the wind brings me
other sounds

longing sounds
I hear sometimes at night:
the whippoorwill;

the owl; tree-frogs;
the echoing chambers
of cicadas

through trees—I long for
more days

more nights
like this day, this night
when we both knew

how to listen
with our hearts to hear
the winged song of a cricket


First published in Red River Review #52, August 2014, page 24. See also Margaret Dornaus’ Haiku Doodle blog.       +