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British poet John Hawkhead talks tattoos and butterflies in today’s feature of the International Women’s Haiku Festival.
fading into her wrinkles
wind through Autumn leaves
This poem tells so many life stories in just seventeen syllables. But even juicier than the details Hawkhead gives us – the older woman, her butterfly tattoo – are the ones he leaves out: Where is that tattoo, and how large is it? And that wind stirring the Autumn leaves – is it the tail wind in the wake of her hog? Her significant other’s hog? Her red Mustang? Her self-assured gait? Her wheelchair? Her freedom is as enviable as it is colorful. I want to meet this woman. Some days, I even want to be her.
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