AnElephantCant do a rhyme this week
The Haibun Ligo Challenge is a weekly event hosted by Ese and Pirate.
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This week’s prompt.
On a flying visit home he arranges to meet an old friend at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.
He sees her fumbling in her bag, approaches from behind, blows on her hair.
She turns in surprise, her face breaks into a smile, her arms go around him.
They have lunch, the easy conversation of a twenty-five year friendship.
Then she mentions, almost in passing, the daughter who is gone.
He sees her brave smile, looks at the pain in her eyes, and crumbles inside.
No amount of planning or preparation is enough.
His words desert him, he can offer no comfort.
She has lost her most precious gift.
For her it will never be springtime again.
a child’s death