Jennifer Hambrick

Green

Youth by Hennie Niemann jnr.

Out in the street high school kids are dribbling basketballs six feet away from each other, their shouts and squeals muffled by cloth face masks.  They’re too young to know how death closes in around them. The sun angles into evening.  A cardinal sings from a burning bush flush with life.  Clouds pass by leaving blue overhead.

cold spring
the bird house
empty

 

About the writer:
A Pushcart Prize nominee, Jennifer Hambrick won First Place in the 2018 Haibun Competition of the Haiku Society of America, is the inaugural artist-in-residence at Bryn Du Mansion, and authored the poetry collection Unscathed (NightBallet Press). Her poems appear in The American Journal of Poetry, Santa Clara Review, The Main Street Rag, Maryland Literary Review, The Haibun Journal, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, and elsewhere. She has received numerous poetry commissions and awards. .

Image: Youth by Hennie Niemann jnr. Oil on Belgian linen. 150 x 130 cm.  2016. By free license.