17 Aug: Almost Always

tractor harvesting grain

Almost Always

It’s autumn. Farmers move bales of hay on the county lanes, and almost always a bale falls free, unravels, dusty debris in the air, catching on brambles, thistles, and twiggy rib-caged hedgerows… and as it happens, you’ll regret not taking the motorway with its thick-as-bees morning traffic, because now you’re stuck behind a tractor hauling hay, and you quickly close the car’s windows just as the driver in front of you decides to overtake, but he can’t with that bend in the road, so he crosses the centre line to look, slams the brakes, tyres shrieking like cicadas as the farmer brakes, down-shifts, grinds the gears of the tractor, and turns into a drought-dusty lane with a sign reading Hog Trough Farm, and that’s how it will happen on a bright sunny morning when you’re stuck behind a tractor hauling hay.

Catch dust in your throat
Fields baked. Sudden weather.
Your skin tastes of salt


Poem form: Haibun. Rejected yesterday by 3Elements, so I’ll share it rather than let it sit in a Reject folder. Word count: 157. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter

5 responses to “17 Aug: Almost Always”

  1. I got a rejection from 3Elements yesterday too. I’ll post mine too and we can stand tall together. :-). Personally I like your Haibun. It’s a great use of the 3 words. I especially like the Haiku.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Worms. I never take these things personally; it’s hit and miss, and it just didn’t fit with what they’re looking for. I’ll tweak it a bit, let it stew, and maybe submit it elsewhere. I still have one more “processing” with them that I submitted on the 6th. We’ll see what happens with that one. I look forward to reading yours.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks. I was actually impressed that they notified me of my rejection! Quite a few places you just wait and wait and assume rejection when a certain date passes.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Yes, I know a few like that also.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. I’ll be honest, I don’t really have a clue about having but loved the imagery

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: