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


hammering
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.