Global Haiku • Fall 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Binny Tamang




A Fox's Wedding

Binny Tamang

It is fascinating to hear about the many interpretations or reactions to a phrase or folklore from people who have never heard about them. If I had a fit of amnesia and forgot everything about my past, I feel like I would find the title “a fox’s wedding” a little weird. The title of my haiku collection is a phrase from a catchy nursery rhyme every kid in my country is familiar with. I also grew up singing that rhyme and to this day I still do when I see a rainbow. The rhyme goes like this: “Rain, sun, rain, sun. It’s the fox’s wedding. The cat is the priest while the dogs attend the wedding ...” The reason I mentioned this is that I like the idea of how a certain phrase or a word can trigger so many memories, even the ones I have not thought about in many years. However, I have this irrational fear that my brain would not store or remember everything I would like, and that’s why I like transcribing moments and memories. To not forget about the moments or images that I find worth remembering. Thus, writing haiku, for me, is a way to give the moments from my past and the present an almost tangible touch, and I have chosen these haiku because I associate them with certain memories.

cloudless sky
the feeling and the color
stay blue

small world
a universe with stars
and blackholes

fleeting glimpse
never enough

grave fireflies
we talk about souls
trapped inside a body

light scatters
we sing
about a fox's wedding


two in the morning
wide awake
a calculus problem

daisy blooms
on her t-shirt
her hair as golden as the sun

birds chirping—
the last page turns
the sun back on

majestic magenta 
a little too bright
past the tipping point.

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