Bob Lucky lived in Ethiopia for four years before moving to Saudi Arabia, where he now teaches. His work has appeared in various journals includingModern Haiku, Rattle, Flash, Emerald Bolts, The Prose-Poem Project, Haibun Today, Eucalypt, Atlas Poetica, KYSO Flash, and others. He is currently editor of Contemporary Haibun Online. In his free time, he makes noise on ukuleles and misses playing the The Urban Hyenas in Addis Ababa.
Prose poem plus haiku equals Haibun.
This collection of Haibun revolves around the everyday, Ethiopian style.
Bob takes the foreign and makes it familiar.Then he takes the familiar and the ordinary and turns it completely foreign.
Some Notes on Paradise
of a cedar sapling
dapples the grass
in a coiled garden hose
I imagine the serpent
This time of year the wind never dies, whistles the tune that keeps the world spinning. The ferns and banana plants, the roses and impatiens, the pomegranate trees and jacarandas dance all afternoon with butterflies and bees. From the verandah I watch like a boy without a date, pet the dog that comes to console me, and think of making a pot of tea before I close my eyes and let the wind shape my dreams.
in the garden
my wife and I
so many things
yet to be named