Still I Go

First published in Bacopa Literary Review 2019, pages 16–17. The same issue also includes the sequences “Haiku Lessons” and “Shēngxiào.” Originally written in February and March of 2016. See also my guest posting on 15 January 2020 on the Bacopa Literary Review Editors’ Blog.

first plum blossoms—
I leave early
for the orthopedist

hints of spring . . .
at the open mike I read
a hip-hop haiku

viewing the blossoms
at the college quad—
I raise a crutch

foot surgery—
the terminal cancer patient wishes me
a speedy recovery

hospital waiting room—
too much laughter
from the other end

surgery day—
counting down
for the anesthetist
I don’t even get
to one

winter afternoon—
the list of pain meds
scarier than the surgery

spring rain—
the chafing
of my crutches

apple sauce
with pain meds . . .
high wind warning

on crutches—
still I go
to see the cherry blossoms