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 “Three Haiku Sequences,” with my commentary on this sequence that also appeared as a 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