Avonlea

In honour of the 100th anniversary of
Anne of Green Gables, originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud MontgomeryHaiku sequence first published in Bacopa Literary Review #7, 2016, pages 50–51 (order from Amazon). Originally written in November 2008.


Prince Edward Island breeze—
my nod to every stranger
on the road

                                                                                                run-down orphanage—
                                                                                                the sound of crying
                                                                                                from somewhere inside

cracked slate—
my corrected spelling
held up to the class

                                                                                                green hair
                                                                                                worse than red—
                                                                                                the young girl’s pout

haunted woods—
out of breath
at the farmhouse door

                                                                                                smell of sea salt—
                                                                                                the woods haunted
                                                                                                by nothings

amethyst brooch—
the sermon quite forgotten
yet again

                                                                                                ice cream
                                                                                                dripping off her chin—
                                                                                                the girl with freckles


morning at Green Gables—
a cherry tree in bloom
outside the open window

                                                                                                great big field—
                                                                                                saying a prayer
                                                                                                to the blue blue sky

beyond the moonlit orchard,
spruce boughs
tossing in the wind

                                                                                                bright river—
                                                                                                dust from the farm road
                                                                                                settles on the spruce

cows mooing in the distance—
I let the class out
early

                                                                                                remembered in old age—
                                                                                                my dream to live
                                                                                                beside a shadowed brook

fewer freckles now—
sea breeze as it used to be
on my cheeks

                                                                                                the road turns
                                                                                                where the brook and river meet—
                                                                                                nodding birches

checkered light—
the bend in the road
calls me on