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Filling the Gaps
By Bryan Rickert & Terri L. French


children gone

she turns her attention

to the crows


a feather to mark

where she left off


replacing the kids

in the family album

bird feeder pics


the canary’s cage

lined with her

‘Dear John’ letter


new drinking buddies 



deep winter

breadcrumbs tossed out

to those that remain

Image by Thought Catalog

Bryan Rickert has been published in a wide number of fine journals and anthologies. He is the Co-editor of Failed Haiku Senryu Journal and the editor at The Living Senryu Anthology. His haiku/senryu collection Fish Kite is available through Cyberwit Publishing. His book of link verse Just Dust and Stone with Peter Jastermsky is available through Velvet Dusk Publishing. His work was also selected for inclusion in A New Resonance, Volume 12.

Terri L. French is a writer and editor living in Huntsville, Alabama. She is former editor of Prune Juice Journal of senryu and kyoka. Terri was a former Member at Large on The Haiku Foundation board of directors and served as Southeast coordinator for The Haiku Society of America.  Currently Terri is on the editorial team of Contemporary Haibun Online. You can read more about her work and awards at

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