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.


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