Monday, July 24, 2017


It's Haibun Monday at dVerse, subject
of our choice.
Submitted July 24, 2017

She was never the same after he was gone.
In the last few years of their 55 years together,
it was he who reminded her of the day, the
week, the names of their grandchildren, and
the many miscellaneous facts that had faded
from her memory as snowflakes disappear
when they fall on a warm surface. When he
was gone, she spent her days in a gentle state
of bewilderment. Sometimes she tried to retain
her grasp on time and place. I know this,
because I saw written on her calendar
“This is today.”  Now she’s joined him in
the great what-comes-after.  They’re together
again,  no longer solitary halves of a pair
honed and weathered by the passage of time. 
What a comforting thought.

The seasons of life
Parted for a moment in time
Together again

*Photo is my parents' hands on their
50th anniversary.


  1. Beautiful haibun ode to your parents. Poignant comparison of memory loss to snowflakes. Wonderful post.

  2. Nice haiku about the parting mentioned in the prose portion. Needing to be reminded that "this is today" is a good way to describe a different view of time than we normally have.

  3. That is beautiful, Beverly! 'This is today' made me want to cry.

    1. Yes, I cried when I saw it. Alzheimer's is such a cruel fate.

  4. I like that the snow flakes melt on warm surface and together again! Nicely done!

  5. It is so heartwarming to know of a close relationship that lasted for so long but so sad when one spouse is left behind. How wonderful that your father was so caring, reminding your mother of 'the day, the week, the names ...' I love the phrase: 'the many miscellaneous facts that had faded from her memory as snowflakes disappear when they fall on a warm surface'. The haibun sums it up beautifully.

  6. This is very moving. The bit about writing on the calender brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written.

  7. very sad, but reunited. seasons of life is right. XXX Much love.

  8. That's beautiful! They are together again, no worries of fading memories. The haiku reflects your emotions well, together again

  9. So very touching, Beverly. This could have been the story of my parents, too.

  10. The lines tug at the heartstrings. There's comfort in the thought that suffering is over. A beautiful piece Bev, as always.

  11. Memory loss is a scary thing but how wonderful that your mother had your dad to be her helpmate for much of the illness. That photo of their hands together is so touching and a wonderful idea.

  12. This is beautiful, Bev; a wonderful tribute.

  13. Love persists and eternally sustained with blessings of the Maker! Great narration Beverly!


  14. Yes, yes, yes! I was taken away. I too will be with her again.

  15. What a wonderful poem of your blessings. We should all do one to remind ourselves of how lucky we are