Shaun Hunter writes poetry and personal essays in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her poetry has appeared in Freefall and Rags. In 2007, she published a chapbook of haibun, a form that combines prose and haiku.
Summer afternoon, my son sits beside me in the shade
of the poplar. Sweet sixteen. I don’t hear the birds or the bees,
only the crackling noise in my head as I perch on the edge of this
My well-rehearsed speech scatters like beads, shiny bits of warning
and advice. He relaxes into my awkwardness, lets me give my talk.
Silence now, and the relief of past tense.
between branches spider silk
First published in FreeFall Spring 2007