Written for: dVerse Poets – Haibun Monday #29 (guest host: Michael)
As your guest host today I am asking you to consider the concept of WAITING. We all do it at least once a day. We live in a world where waiting is part of life. At the airport, leaving or awaiting an arrival, in the shops, going to a sporting event, at the train station, the bus stop, even at home waiting to use the bathroom.
Draw from your personal experience whether it be a pleasant or unpleasant wait, from the exhilaration of awaiting the arrival of a loved one to the trauma of waiting news of a lost loved one or one who is ill.
My sister and I could not convince Mom to leave
Florida, and return to New York where family lived.
Dad was gone. My husband and I had moved to Portland.
The horror of seeing dementia overtake Mom, coupled
with the fact that we were unable to get her to comprehend
seriousness of living alone, was overwhelming. Aides
were employed, without family being present to witness
her need for extra care. Then, the call. Mom had fallen
again, and was in hospital. Her condition had deteriorated
to a point that put her beyond care of assisted living. The next
time we saw Mom was in a nursing facility.
after winter’s storm
tree falls, branches broken off
no way to save it