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.
Waiting for my change, waiting for my chance to escape. Waiters in white shirts with greasy collars. Frayed bowties. The tip jar, bucket, box, whatever you call it takes up half the counter. Half my mind. Children start crawling out of it. Crying with gratitude for the parent who sends them to school with a peanut butter sandwich and a pencil and then, without a goddamn warning, I miss my father, the bastard.