Pushing the mop in a figure-eight, a custodian washes the floor. Waves build, crash against the front of his bucket as he rolls it on quiet castors across the tiles. Yellow A-frames warn, “Caution: Wet Floor,” while travelers rush past him, tracking in more dirt with wheeled suitcases, on their way to Bora Bora, the Bahamas, Tahiti.
across the sky
(Originally published in Genjuan International Haibun Contest, 2017, Honorable Mention)