the rendezvous (haibun)



merriment echoes
of their love
savouring stolen moments
‘til they meet again

Every Wednesday, they met behind the gate like clandestine lovers. She would bring a picnic basket and he, a bottle of Merlot. She would often giggle like a young teen despite her sixty years in age. It was the only time she felt alive and filled with a sense of hope until her return home to care for her senile brother.

wind blows in her hair
blossoms fall softly on her cheek
from the plum tree

© Tournesol ’16/02/21


22 thoughts on “the rendezvous (haibun)”

  1. Ah I could see the couple clearly in my mind for the shadorma, your haibun added an unexpected depth to the story. A nice write.


  2. Sometimes we have choices and other times choices are made for us.
    Especially regarding family.

    The whole of it works – all the pieces unite in a gentle story.


    1. You are right and wise as usual, Jules. Sometimes the pieces fit. This is fiction of course but a mixture of truth. I have a great aunt that sacrificed her entire life to take care of her brothers, one especially. She had promised on her mother`s deathbed. Refused marriage and spent her life with him. I always felt sad for her. She had a heart of gold.

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      1. I think more of that was done in those generations that came before us. Now there are government agencies. We have friends who have children in small group homes. But I think not all who are differently abled have the care that they should have.

        We also know of a family where the mother had very early onset of dementia and was dutifully taken care of (though in a facility) by her husband who could afford to do so – in a private institution for most of her life. After her death he did have a companion for a bit, but when she passed… well he is still around but I think his own children know that at this point he may need some assistance.

        Hearts of gold exist. Bless them.


      2. yes, times have changed and we are more skilled and knowledgeable in mental health. I think if my great uncle would have lived as a child today, parents would have been better equipped and there are schools to help him. I wrote in the story senile but the truth was he was intellectually impaired. He loved his sister, loved family and company. As a child was hidden by his parents but as an older adult, his sister never hid him, taught him as best she could and he outlived everyone.

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      3. We had a similar situation with someone I knew. The older sister cared for the brother… until her passing. He lived at least ten to maybe even 20 years beyond her.


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