Bob Lucky is a regular contributor to haiku and tanka journals in the US, Europe, and Australia,
whose work has been widely anthologized. His works in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared
or are forthcoming in numerous international journals, including Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku, KYSO Flash,
The Prose-Poem Project, The Boston Literary Magazine, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online (where he edits content).
Lucky's chapbook of haibun, tanka prose, and prose poems, entitled Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) was an honorable mention in the Touchstone Book Awards. He now lives and works in Saudi Arabia.
The After-church Crowd Swarms the Free Cheese Samples
The man in front of me holds a box of disposable diapers under one arm and a six-pack of IPA in his other hand. I too have a six-pack of IPA. The line is slow. Bored, I try to be friendly. We talk about IPA for a while. The line inches forward. I'm tired of hoppiness, I say. Seems the world has gone IPA crazy. Then why are you buying that IPA, he asks. Well, I say, my taste buds are addicted. Everything else tastes like water. He smiles and puts his beer and diapers on the conveyer belt. Why are you buying those diapers, I ask.