beneath the surface, somewhere
the river bends
Christopher Herold (1948-). From "HAIKU sans frontieres" (1998) edited by Andre Duhaime.
What defines a river? Is it the water or the riverbed through which it runs? In heavy rain the river broke its banks and it now lies beneath the flooded fields. Although we can no longer tell exactly where its bed lies, we feel that the water is still rushing through the riverbed and the river still exists separate to, but still a part of, the greater whole.
Selected and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay