A passing-

without warning

this unexpected loss –

an early december

This was read at the eulogy today. I am not sure if this belonged to the person who read it or if it was borrowed. In any case, it was fitting:-

“laugh when you can

cry when you must

apologize when you should and change the sphere of life if you will

dream big

take risks

study life’s plays feverishly

make the play

score the goal

volunteer your time

mend broken hearts

fall down but get up and learn from your mistakes

live life on purpose for a purpose and with purpose each and every day”

2/07/1958 – 10/31/2022

Pat

11/12/22

Haibun Monday – Talking Soup

When I was growing up, each day of the week had its own menu. Sunday was beef, wednesday was stewed (red) peas, friday was fish and saturday was soup day.

The different types of soup sounds a little nuts, but they were good. There was beef, cow cod (don’t ask), fish head, cow foot, goat head, red peas, split peas and chicken soup. Red peas soup was my favorite.

That thing was a meal. My mom would let us ‘help’ by passing the vegetables which were carrots, celery, turnips, yellow yam, potatoes, and dumplings. We all wanted to help make the dumplings. A soup without dumplings was just not a good soup in our house. Then, of course, there were the spices – salt, scallions, thyme, garlic and pimento seeds (Allspice).

These soups brought a healing touch to every part of our insides. You could smell it from everywhere! It was fuel, it was filling, it was love.

through this autumn gray

memory from childhood wafts in –

soup day, saturday

Pat

10/25/22

For dVerse Poets Pub where the prompt is “soup”. The host for Haibun Monday today is Mish. To participate or just read go here

Warm Memories

in this backward glance

no haunting, just goofy smiles

and warm memories

Pat

10/12/22

For Ronovan Writes Haiku, a senryu. The prompt words are Glance & Haunt. To participate or just read go here

https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/10/09/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-431-glance-and-haunt/

Fearless Youth

rolls downhill

immune to grass stains

-fearless youth

Pat

7/18/22

For Ronovan Writes Haiku where the prompt is Grass & Stain to see other entries or participate go here

https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/07/18/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-419-grass-and-stain/