Had my first acceptances for the year – three to appear in the March edition of A Hundred Gourds, two in the March edition of The Heron’s Nest and one in the winter issue of Frogpond (which comes out in February, I think).

And on January 1 the first edition of cattails appeared, the online journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS, sounds like a kind of milk!), including three of my haiku.

August heat –
screams from the theme park
rise and fall and rise

– Sandra Simpson

This one was written after my visit to Disneyland in August last year. Our very nice motel, the Candy Cane Inn, which I can highly recommend, was just a couple of hundred metres from the entry and partly alongside Disney California (directly opposite Disneyland). When we were in our room there was a vague backdrop of regular screaming.

The noise came from the Tower of Terror which Sophia rode (twice). It is set in an abandoned Hollywood hotel with the riders taken to the top and strapped in to an “elevator”. The doors opened and they could see right across the two parks, the doors closed and they dropped in darkness, thought “whew” and then dropped again!

Needless to say, I waited outside and took the photos.

All text and photo copyright Sandra Simpson and may not be reused without permission.


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