Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere, over the rainbow, on the other side of the wall, days are bright and sunny, no matter winter, spring, summer or fall. If my clothes could talk at the end of the day,  they'd tell of the rainbows I saw today. Some rainbows I noticed, Others I passed right by, because I was too …

Shuu rin – Autumn Rain (A Haibun for dVerse)

Driving to work in the heavy autumn rains, it felt like the sun had escaped our view forever. Where the sun shines 330 days a year, when the clouds come and darken our world, we freak out a bit and depression and edginess spreads over the town like the plague. Nonetheless, after a soggy, cool …

Back in Texas

Crossing the Texas state line, I take a deep breath, a tradition in our family, meant to be a breath of fresh air, sunshine, and a feeling of homecoming. This time, as I take a deep breath, I am nearly overwhelmed by the lovely scent of...cattle, cattle, and the peculiarly odiferous smells that only a …

Train Whistles

I hear the train whistles long before I can hear the sound of the heavy wheels and high speed clacking of the real train, the sound of romance, old days, civilization. Without the train, my country would have settled much more slowly. In my thoughts I see tracks over wide spaces, mountains, rivers, forests. I …

House Ghosts

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.   Image credit: “love don't live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic I came upon the old house in the field almost by surprise.  I was hiking through an empty cotton field, letting my bare feet …