KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 2: Winter 2015
Haibun: 117 words

Not Quite the Music of the Spheres

by Bob Lucky

I built a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of old ukuleles—plastic, mahogany, spruce, warped, busted, cracked, unstrung, strung. The plastic ukes add a bit of color, especially the pink one near the top. The tower’s taller than a man. I put it in the garden. Not a Parisian pigeon in the bunch, but the birds in my yard know to crap all over it. In the evenings, bats swoop around it like planes in a King Kong movie. When the wind whistles through the strings, I think, that’s not Édith Piaf, that’s not Django Reinhardt, that’s not even Tiny Tim.

mewling kitten
a cloud spits up
the moon

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