The Lighter Side of JzB

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Carpe Diem Modern Times Haiku #3 Jerry Kilbride (1930-2005)

Of the four Jerry Kilbride examples, the potato one seems abstract and mysterious.  In the other three there is a deeply touching moment with a unique person - so something very concrete.   This appeals to me.

This has been a difficult summer.  Early in June my mother had a stroke.  She was fairly stable for a few days, then went rapidly down hill.  She spent her last few days at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, a beautiful location, where she received quality care.  Sadly, she was not aware in any obvious way of us or her surroundings.

That period was physically and mentally exhausting.  I really haven't fully recovered.  So I'm in the right frame of mind to be inspired by Jerry Kilbride.

mostly she just slept
as we sat by her bedside
a stroke of bad luck

and a flashback to childhood

a porcelain cup
filled with tea and memories
graham crackers with mom


  1. I am very sorry for your loss.
    Sweet memories in your second haiku

  2. It is so hard to watch our once vibrant mothers in such a state. You, Cheryl-Lynn and I have all lost our moms since last December. So we will continue the journey of healing knowing we are not alone.

  3. I am going through much the same thing now, but in a waiting phase. I am sorry for the loss of your mother. Beautiful poem.


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