Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: Free For All (posted by hayesspencer)
Today is Free For All – meaning, you can choose your subject for the haibun. However there are still some rules: The haibun must be one to three tight paragraphs (2) Ended with a haiku (containing kigo and kireji words – season and cutting words) (3) Must be true (4) Must have actually happened to you.
At the doctor’s office today, an old man sat, clutching his walker, and talking to his son-in-law. He spoke in a loud voice that quivered, as he told each new person, “It’s no good to get old.” His son-in-law rolled his eyes in mock patience. “He’s ninety-eight, you know,” he whispered to people as they made their way to examination rooms. I was sad for the man who was not happy to be old, and sadder for his son-in-law who felt a need to excuse his father-in-law’s behavior.
Asian grandson hears
his eyes hold the light of Spring
words of wise elder