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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Haibun: 121 words [R]


by Nora Chisnell

In the spring of 1993, I was nearing the end of my second pregnancy with a daughter. As she once again dug her heels into my ribs, I was able to clutch her tiny heel through my stretched flesh for a few seconds. It was a precious near-meeting in the bright world outside my womb where I knew and held all of her.

My thoughts turned to my son, the firstborn, whose tiny heel had been pricked countless times and whose burial booties had been far too big. Could he be as nearby as she with only a translucent spiritual membrane or mime’s wall separating his dimension and mine?

the rising mist—
all that divides us
all that binds us

—Previously appears under the name of Nora Wood in Contemporary Haibun Online (Volume 5, Number 2, June 2009); republished here by author’s permission

Nora Chisnell
Issue 4, Fall 2015

grew up near the Tetons in Wyoming. She is a writer and poet living in Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters. She took up haiku-writing in 2007 as a discipline and creative outlet. Her poems have been published in The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, Magnapoets, Contemporary Haibun Online, and more. She was the first runner-up for The Heron’s Nest 2009 Reader’s Choice Poet of the Year.

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