As she turns the pages of a haiku collection,
she learns that many of the women writers:
– Chiyo Ni, Seifu-Ni, Chigetsu-Ni,
Shokyu-Ni, Sono-Jo, Kikusha-Ni –
became Buddhist nuns

She pauses, and considers:
could she someday be?

She meditates daily,
and reads beautiful poetry,
and it has been quite some time since the last time…

But then she smashes the gnat,
that is buzzing near her face
and silently prays,
that she gets lucky on her date

By Jennifer Fifield