KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 5: Spring 2016
Haibun: 146 words

Connecting the Constellations

by Rich Youmans

Belle points to a cluster of stars above our neighbor’s chimney. “What’s that?” she asks. I follow her finger. “I think it’s Cacciatore,” I say. “And that trio next to it is Minestrone Minor, in the Great Paprika Nebula.” Her head turns toward me in that way she has. “Really? I thought it was Baba Ganoush.” She points straight up, to where three stars align. “And isn’t that Lo Mein?” I nod. “Yes. I believe sailors always use it to find their way home.” Her fingers wrap around mine and her lips rise to my ear. “It still works,” she whispers. With her free hand she points to the sky above our bedroom window and far beyond. “What’s that?” she asks, and for a moment I wonder. It could be anything, anything at all.

new love    not seeing the star    seeing the star
Rich Youmans’s
Issue 5, Spring 2016

haiku, haibun, and related essays have appeared internationally in journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun, and Journey to the Interior: American Versions of Haibun (Tuttle, 1998). His collection of linked haibun with Maggie Chula, Shadow Lines, won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America, and a forthcoming collection, All the Windows Lit, was a 2015 Snapshot Press eChapbook Award winner.

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