Just a Memory ~ haibun

Just a Memory

We often treasure what is hardest to obtain, or retain. So it is for me with memories. They say that every time we remember something the details of that memory are altered. If only that were the case for me. Details are the first to go, so altering them is an entirely different matter. If I have to re-enter a room to remember why I entered it to begin with, what are the chances that I will remember specific details, whether from distant or recent past?

Consider a recent conversation I had with two people. I might recall part of the conversation, but I’m just as likely to credit a statement to the wrong person.

And a specific event? I might be able to visualize it, but there is no guarantee that I will remember anything other than a snapshot. It’s always been this way for me, compounded now in my later years. At least, that’s the way I remember it.

leaf falls and is gone
tree waits for return of spring
just a memory

This is my response to Haibun Monday 5-22-23: Memory,
the prompt from Frank Tassone at dVerse ~ Poets Pub.


On October 14th, Pure Haiku selected one of five haiku I submitted for the theme “Leaf.” All five poems are shown below. The third haiku is the one that appeared at Pure Haiku.



clouds moving swiftly
sunlight dances with the breeze
leaf in dappled light

wind blows through the tree
underside of leaf glistens
work of playful sun

red leaf slowly drifts
companion mirrored below
wave takes both away

gray clouds hide the sun
tree stands naked and alone
dry leaf last to fall

book not yet finished
I turn over a new leaf
life will continue


The theme for Freya’s current series at Pure Haiku is LEAF, and my haiku was chosen for today.


red leaf slowly drifts
companion mirrored below
wave takes both away
Ken Gierke 2016
Since he never knows where his next poem will come from, each new poem he writes is a surprise to him. Read more of Ken’s work at Rivrvlogr.
I loved the imagery of the mirrored leaf and the continual motion throughout the haiku.
This haiku is part of my LEAF series.

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