The young man circles the passenger deck, a baby in the crook of his arm. He stops and holds the baby upright in front of a glass case containing a carved Salish mask. The baby gravely examines the face of the mask, then grasps a corner of the case and pushes, as if to make the case turn. The man moves the baby so it can view the mask from the side. After a while the baby pulls on the glass corner. The man moves the baby to see the mask from the front again. Push and pull, to and fro, back and forth. Finally the baby turns its head and puts its fist in its mouth. The man tucks the baby in the crook of his arm and resumes circling the deck.
near the end
my father stops telling me
to straighten up
Margaret D. McGee
I’m pleased to say that this haibun appears in the 2014 Winter edition of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.