Kindness – haibun for dVerse

I watch you supporting your  mother with strong, gentle hands. You’ve thought about this restaurant, you’ve chosen a place where we can manoeuvre the wheelchair easily, where she’ll like the food, where she can look out over the sea and a place she came as a child. It’s lovely here. The sun is shining, the autumn leaves are red and gold against the blue sky. After lunch we wheel your mother down to the seafront, and buy soft, white ice-cream, and she talks about her memories of coming here as a young girl. I watch you listening to her, and I love you for your kindness.

Leaves dance against blue
Sun sparkles on blue water
Remember summer


20 thoughts on “Kindness – haibun for dVerse

  1. This makes me quite sad. I am not there yet, but I feel the celebration of life before the passing. Helping the person go gently into the night. There is a warm breeze of memory in that summer, in my humble opinion. What a blessing to witness. and it would cause me to love them all the more because it hold future promise in how they would treat me.

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  3. Such a lovely encounter to witness kindness between a son or daughter, to their old mother ~ I believe the mother was also kind and very loving when the son or daughter was young; so the bond is now stronger ~ Thanks for sharing Sarah ~


  4. I apologize for getting to your submission so late. I lost internet (!) yesterday during the prompt and just got it back sometime early this morning. What a lovely, heart crying haibun this is. I love your husband’s care of his mother. I love that you love him the more. Being kind to anyone is such an amazing thing to witness. Blessings to you all.

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