Imaginary

My daughter is an only child. She often played alone. As a child, her toys would be out. And she would be having these conversations with her dolls. Or, so I thought. I learned that the ‘person’ she had been talking to had a name. His name was Michael, her maginary friend. While this was happening I attributed it to being a normal part of childhood development. My mother, however, was alarmed.

She is older now. She describes him as having had dirty blonde hair, always wore shorts and always carried a blanket around. A security blanket I imagine. That’s when they were both little.

Not so very long ago he visited her in a dream. This was when she was in her late twenties, she said. Two old friends who hadn’t see each other in a good while. To the point of almost not recognizing each other. But they did. He recognized her first, with ” Don’t you recognize me?”. They hugged, talked about life and about college. This was when I chimed in, “What college?”. I’m thinking this kid has got to be on the face of this earth somewhere. And it’s time to start digging through college year books!

 

imaginary friends
play through a crack in time
a gift from the universe
at the behest of ancestors, or
are such episodes walking the path of fate

Pat R

3/27/20

A haibun Gogyohka ( if there is such a thing) for V.Js Weekly Challenge where the prompt word is “Imaginary”.

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Tan Renga-First Autumn Morning

first autumn morning
the mirror I stare into
shows my father’s face
© Murakami Kijo

a clear reflection of words
not spoken, and time misspent

Pat R

5/10/17

For

Carpe Diem Haiku Tan Renga Challenge

Museum

MUSEUM night shot

 

MUSEUM

the hallowed halls of knowledge

on generations of ancestors

bridging the gap between centuries

houses esthetics that nourishes the soul

preserver of documented human activity in time

a retreat where the mind can escape to another era

where one can put one’s self into sceneries

and let the imagination roam

PR

8/21/2014

#16

Photo is a night shot of the Brooklyn Museum, in the foreground is the entrance to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden