Two days later than I wanted to post. Sigh. Life. It does love to throw curveballs at you, doesn’t it? This one was a doozie and took me two days to recuperate from! Still… Please pretend we are May 25th – the day I wanted to post it, even if the dVerse prompt came on Monday, the 24th. Frank J. Tassone was the host and the subject was: write a haibun about the Flower Moon – said moon was officially yesterday and somehow, I missed it. Or rather was so sure it was the 25th that I didn’t even think of checking last night. This moon pic was taken on the 25th, however 🙂
You aren’t due till the summer solstice, possibly near a Strawberry Moon? Probably not. You are supposed to arrive when roses and and peonies and poppies are in full bloom. When the tulips and daffodils have already done their thing.
Instead, you decide the Flower Moon is more your style. You want late spring blooms: lilacs and rhododendrons, daisies and violets.
Maybe you know your time here will be brief so you want to get a chance to fully experience everything nature has to offer. Who knows? All I know is this: When the day is breezy and I open my bedroom window, the scent of the wild lilac bush right below my window comes up and wafts through my room, reminding me of you. And to think this year was to be your lucky year! Twenty-five years old on the twenty-fifth of May.
A Flower Moon child
In a rush, to see it all
Gone before you could
I really wasn’t going to touch this one. And then I couldn’t help but go back 23 years. This week’s photo is supplied by Roger Bultot. Thanks, always to Rochelle for hosting this weekly gathering. If you want to play along, just click on the frog below and add your link to your 100 words.
No Longer Needed
Why did you throw out the highchair?
I didn’t throw it out, I left it on the curb for anyone to pick it up. It’s not like we need it anymore.
What if we have another baby?
What if we don’t? What if he was our one and only? I can’t walk past that thing just like I can’t leave his room the way it is. I’m turning it into a reading room.
I get it and I’ll help you. … Do you think one day we can try for a family again?
Yes. When my heart doesn’t hurt so much.
Swimming in the lake
Bathtime with Daddy
I can sit by myself!
Tracy & Sébastien’s Wedding
He was a surprise, and arrived too soon, and with many challenges. His heart was broken, but they believed it could be fixed, later. In his seven-month, twenty three-day lifespan, I discovered a strength I did not know I had. I discovered I was capable of dealing with a sick child and giving him so much love and the best life I could for the five-and-a-half months we had him at home. He saw his aunt barrel race, he kicked his feet in his grandmother’s lake and in our pool. He was adored by all. I refused to keep him in a bubble, knowing, I know not how, he would not be with us for a long time. No medals, no ribbons, no accolades can ever match the self-respect and pride I feel for handling Austin’s birth, life and death with the grace I did.
Flowers bloom with joy
Nurtured by the sun until…
Silenced by winter
It’s all Merril‘s fault again. I wasn’t going to participate in yesterday’s dVerse challenge because I thought it would be too hard. Then I read Merril’s and decided to go for it. Lillian is the host and she asked us to write about one shining moment in a Haibun WITH a KIGO AND a SAIJIKI – what the hell are these things?
Wednesday is here! And golly gee whitkicker… ’tis my photo this week! Thanks for choosing mine, Rochelle! Woot! (It’s the small things that bring us joy…) Thanks always for hosting, Rochelle Wisoff (no ‘e’)-Fields!
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Some paths seem longer than others. Some last for 92 years and others only seven months, twnety-three days.
Some are filled with a lifetime of memories, both wonderful and sad. Some are filled with so few, yet mean so much.
Some are so barely remembered, you wonder if they were ever even taken. Some leave an unforgettable mark on all who set foot on it.
Some lead off into many directions, filled with adventures. Some are straight and narrow, leading to what seems only a dead end.
When I’ve reached the end of my path, I want to look back and smile.
I was sort of hoping this week’s picture (whomsoever it came from) would allow me to somehow bring up the twentieth anniversary of my firstborn’s death (January 17). Not because I want to focus on the loss but because I wanted to honour him. Austin was with us for seven months and twenty-three days so, there is the reference above and led me down that “path”. Like his parents, he was a “Smiley-Joe” when he was home with us.