Blind Date Haibun by Al McDermid

You didn’t scream and carry on. No, you where much too angry for that sort of display. Your words instead came out as pure liquid nitrogen, moving slowly, as if trudging through sludge. Still, despite this glacial speed, I duck just in time to avoid the brunt of the F, though its serif does tear a gash in my cheek as it passes, distracting me enough that I catch the full force of the U as it slams into me.

Catching my breath, I ask,

“Was it something I said?”


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8 responses to “Blind Date Haibun by Al McDermid

  1. Oh Al, I just love the visual of the “F” — this is so creative and says so much contrary to the concept that words can’t hurt you. Really perfect.

  2. len kuntz

    a slicing little ditty.

  3. love the ‘words come out as pure liquid nitrogen”. good stuff here. peace…

  4. guy

    See, this is why i always use sans serif. Safer that way.

    Thanks for this, Al. I enjoyed it.

  5. Deborah A. Upton

    Great, right to the point!

  6. randalhoule

    Nice and succinct. I especially loved the descr. of the F. That slowed everything down and drew out the moment.

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