haikai

An Uneasy Rest

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Voices. The small, polite chatter of acquaitances catching up. Banal remarks like, “He was so close to retirement,” and “What will his son do now?”

I try to open my eyes. Nothing happens. I urge my lips to shape the words I want to say. Again, nothing. I try to lift one of my crossed hands. The same impotent result!

A saline aroma, and a sudden, shuddering sob. I hear her. Then him, crying, too. “Mom.”

“I’m right here!” I will myself to say, although this mouth refuses me. “I’m still right here!”

An aroma of incense. A recitation of scripture. A final call to say goodbye.

No! My heart must be thudding—they’ll hear. There has to be sweat on my brow—they’ll see! But they don’t. A creak, and whatever silhouettes of light pierced my concrete eyelids disappear.

“No! Don’t bury me! I can’t be dead! I can’t be!”

A thud, as my coffin’s lid seals over me.

fresh grave

perched on a bare bough

a lone crow

I’m hosting dVerse Poets’ Haibun Monday today, where we wax haibunic about fear!

The Pub is open! Come join us!

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