Morning fog, or: Life insurance

A haibun

My new job at The Jewish Agency comes with lots of perks.

When I was first offered the position, I was excited about having long-term job security; writing for a living; and working for a major Jewish organization that I’d long had an affinity for (my wife and I met in 2010 as counselors at an Agency summer camp in St. Petersburg, Russia).

However, once I started filling out the employment paperwork, I realized that there were many practical benefits available to Jewish Agency employees such as better health insurance and… life insurance. Life insurance… such an adult concept. Of course, I immediately signed up for it. After all, one never knows.

Honestly, ever since Papa died nearly four years ago, I’ve been living with the sense that death is all around me. It doesn’t lurk – it’s everywhere.

need... instant coffee
to disperse this morning fog
ah, still here today

Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday

  • This week’s prompt is to write a haibun based upon the prompt word ‘cliché’.
  • From Poetry.org:
    • In How to Haiku, Bruce Ross writes, “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how one came to have that experience.”

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

Eugi has provided the phrase “morning fog” as a writing prompt.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

39 thoughts on “Morning fog, or: Life insurance”

  1. Agreed…we’re all gonna die…but being responsible about it with something like life insurance is very much adulting! So happy to hear your family is covered ♥️

  2. One thing is sure, nobody is immortal. Death is part of life too. Meanwhile, we’d better enjoy every moment and make the best out of it. Your job is a great way of accomplishing it David! 👌🏻❤

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