Silence, or: The lambs

A haibun

I can’t recall ever being afraid of death, although my father’s death led me to reflect deeply upon death’s effects upon the yet living. Still, as uncomfortable as that line of thinking is, it leaves me tearful rather than fearful.

Papa’s death has also led me to think a lot about suffering. He was lucky enough to die very quickly (and unexpectedly); I don’t think he suffered when he died because he was unconscious, which is comforting. This also leaves me thinking about the alternative, which terrifies me.

Of course, suffering is hardly limited to physical pain. What if I were to become physically paralyzed and unable to speak? What if I were deprived of my ability to express myself?

denied chlorophyll
dying leaves' true tones revealed
decline in silence

d’Verse ‘Haibun Monday’

Theme: ‘Fear’

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to write haibuns with the theme of ‘fear’.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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