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THE HAIBUN GALLERY: 25th August — a Thursday Feature

Hosts: Shalini Pattabiraman and Akila G.

25th August 2022

The fourth and the last haibun in this series featuring Marietta McGregor is again inspired by personal experience.

There but for fortune

Each time my father buys a lottery ticket he's certain he'll win. He always asks his number one sweetheart (me) to put some luck on it. My four-year-old self wants to make him happy. When he’s unemployed he slips into angry introspection, drinking and brooding about his awful desert war. So when he shows me his ticket I ball my small hand into a fist and dramatically open it, as if I’m showering the paper with diamonds plucked from mid-air. When Dad comes home disappointed yet again from the lottery office, I feel as if I’ve let him down. The same thing happens with the horse races, the gee-gees he calls them. On race days I give him a kiss for luck as he heads out the door. He never wins no matter how often he gambles, or how hard I wish.

did I only ever imagine you blue dragonfly


This week, I invite you to dip into your own childhood or teen years and borrow an experience to write about from memory.

I thank Marietta for sharing these amazing haibun with us so generously and offering much insight into her work and process through the haibun. Here's an additional haibun for you to enjoy.

Souviens-toi on

About these haibun, Marietta writes, "'Souviens-toi' is also personal, but is based on my own observed documentary impressions rather than personally lived experience, although I did spend quite a bit of time at the tragic WWII martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane. All four haibun are about memory, in some way."

As always, a good haibun will find its way into the next issue of our fabulous journal. Akila and I are eagerly looking forward to reading your haibun.


1. Only two haibun per poet per prompt.

2. Share your best-polished pieces.

3. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while.

4. When poets give suggestions and if you agree to them - post your final edited version on top of your original version.

5. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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