Bob Lucky is a regular contributor to haiku and tanka journals in the US, Europe, and Australia, whose work has been widely anthologized. His works in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous international journals, including Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku, KYSO Flash, The Prose-Poem Project, The Boston Literary Magazine, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online (where he edits content). Lucky's chapbook of haibun, tanka prose, and prose poems, entitled Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) was an honorable mention in the Touchstone Book Awards. He now lives and works in Saudi Arabia.
Everyone Speaks the Same Language Differently
It's so hot beer bottles sweat all over the table. Puddles join up on the tabletop to form watering holes for flies. Three wise women fan themselves with laminated menus. Nothing on the menu is available. Just a sultry breeze. Tepid beers. Legs glisten in a blinking neon light. A local man leans over. Says slowly, we call them Butterflies. Of. The. Night. Isn't that a moth, I ask.