The Peace Lily – Līgo Haībun Challenge

AnElephantCant deny he was worried
But last week was better than he thought
Some nice words were said
When his first piece was read
So he gives Līgo Haībun Challenge a second shot

This week’s Līgo Haībun Challenge  is to write a piece on the image below.

Ligo Haibun Challenge – Photo Prompt

Ligo Haibun Challenge – Photo Prompt

Pot Plant

So is your mum not coming up this afternoon, then?
Has she ever let you down, dad?

Her mother has been dead over twenty years.
She pats his hand and looks around the small ward.

Ach, I’m an old fool! That’ll be twenty four years next month since I lost her, you know.
Yes, dad.

Since he lost her.
No mention that she lost her mother.
In that, at least, he is always consistent.

You’ll take care of my plants, that peace lily was your mother’s favourite, you know.
I remember her wiping the leaves, snipping and pruning, she had green fingers all right.
Yes, dad.

She gave her father the plants about ten years ago, after his last cat disappeared, as cats do.
Her mother never tended a plant in her life.

Cal was here yesterday afternoon, never misses a visiting, you know. Aye, I don’t know what I’d do without him! He’s been a real tower of strength since I lost your mum.

Her brother’s freak drowning accident eighteen months ago was the final straw.
Although Cal had been home only once in the twelve years since he emigrated to Australia, her father refused to accept it.
His decline was swift and terminal.

Yes, dad.

memories are entangled
by the kindness of passing years
then death brings clarity

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30 Responses to The Peace Lily – Līgo Haībun Challenge

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  2. Sarah Ann says:

    Very sad and powerful. My heart goes out to the daughter, who must need/ have the patience of a saint.


  3. kz says:

    AnElephantCant possibly go wrong with this very emotional, well-written piece. great haibun for this week 🙂


  4. Sunshine says:

    we get to be old only once…sometimes it’s rough but having someone compassionate enough just to be there to listen to you ramble on is the love that can see you through it. very moving scene from start to the end of the haiku. ♥


  5. Yoshiko says:

    Sad story 😦
    Thank you for liking my poetry ‘Close’, your future visits, and your likes 🙂


  6. high five and raspberries says:

    thoughtful, compelling, honest, and wonderful..I am so glad that I stopped by


  7. RoSy says:

    Oh how sad. The things that come up…with roles reversed, caring for an elderly family member & even with death. A great write!


  8. Penny L Howe says:

    Sometimes (as family members age and others become responsible for their care) responsibilities coupled with memories and unresolved conflicts can become too personal to bear, even if love and good intent is still there! An excellent haibun, and haiku, well written and expressed!


  9. emmylgant says:

    Tres emouvant et puissant. Touches close to home.
    Superb writing. Then again, that is no surprise. 🙂


  10. dhparker says:

    We’re living through this with an elderly relative. Beautiful work, and so true!


  11. Shreyank says:

    an excellent piece .. the haiku is like the icing on the cake. It was sad piece but i enjoyed it 🙂


  12. What a tender post; i liked it very much, and you certainly understand that affliction. z


  13. Alastair says:

    What a brilliant tragedy. Alzheimer’s mixed with the loss of special people taking the mind of people. This is a very poignant piece. Makes you see the sadness in the daughter and the old man. I really feel for the daughter, she has lost so much but still has to be a rock for her dad who is slowly losing his mind.



  14. nightlake says:

    a sad piece! The impact of personal tragedies on old age…and a powerful haiku


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