Drop, or: Fall

A haibun

My only child is entering first grade on September 1st… That’s the day after tomorrow.

I have written before about my anxiety regarding whether or not the Israeli government will allow our children to return to school this year after a year-and-a-half of various lockdowns and quarantines… More than anything, I want her to have a healthy, normal school experience this year.

For the past two years, she was in a preschool-kindergarten program, and we felt ourselves lucky, even as other families struggled through the pandemic lockdowns. On the one hand, our child was old enough to occupy herself for limited periods of time at home. On the other hand, as a preschooler, she wasn’t missing her classes, nor did she have to adapt to Zoom learning.

The situation at school won’t be entirely normal this year, with students, staff, and faculty required to wear medical masks all day long… But, still, I hope beyond hope that our baby will be permitted to have a full and wonderful school year.

one leaf's abscission
carries little gravity
just a lonely Fall


Haibun Monday: Back to school

At d’Verse, we were prompted to write haibuns that include, state, or reference “back to school”.

New to haibun?

The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

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