Every Thanksgiving I head north to visit my mother in the town I grew up in. Like the town, she’s thin and failing. This will be the last time.

halfway-way home
I miss my turn—
the century oak now gone.

–Jim Kacian

[from STONE FROG, American Haibun & Haiga, Vol. 2, edited by Jim Kacian & Bruce Ross, Red Moon Press, PO Box 2461, Winchester, VA, 22604-1661 USA, www.redmoonpress.com] Editor’s Note: If your shelf of Eastern writing is devoid of books by Red Moon Press– an emptiness to be filled by light. —Norbert Blei