Your fingers — a haiku

Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Ikebana friend and Butoh friend preparing for a photo shoot in a Kyoto garden, 1992

your fingers
fronding my spine—
green waters


Haiku written in a workshop at Palmerston North on Valentine’s Day 2019. Poem and photo cc by 2.0 Rachel McAlpine: copy and share as you please, with attribution.

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Index of injuries

Harbourside post wrapped in colourful knitting, with bird foot. Ferry sailing in the distance.
Harbourside post wrapped in colourful knitting, with bird foot. Ferry sailing in the distance.
Did someone break her leg?

age 7, concussion
from playing bullrush
age 17, cracked metatarsal
from dancing rock and roll
age 40: carpal tunnel syndrome
from typing on the fly
age 55: broken wrist
from roller blading
age 75: sore knee
from doing Zumba
age 78: sore knee
from walking on my knees.
Spot a pattern here?
“Mum,
you always go too far.”