A Haiku For Caregivers

This haiku is from the caregiving years with my mother.  Enola Borgh lived on earth from 1917 – 2004.  Love keeps growing.  A mystery.


Snow melting

                in March . . .

                                my mother’s new smile

Published in Time Of Singing (Vol. 30, No. 1; Spring 2003).

Painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Les Roses dans un Vase, c. 1910 – 1917.  Courtesy of Dover Publications.  From 120 Great Flower Paintings.

UPDATE, September 28, 2014:  I have a small site, Grief And Acceptance.  Blessings, Ellen

18 thoughts on “A Haiku For Caregivers

    1. Dear Labyrinth-Living, yes, the memories are precious. Mom had roses and peonies in her yard. We kept fresh flowers on her dresser, and I have her vase in this room now. Thank you, Ellen

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  1. Ellen, you really really have a gift for these haiku which offer up a big significant “bite” of life/living in such few words. Absolutely bowls me over–great! God bless you today, and always.

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  2. Lovely! It seems then, that haiku makes us understand, remember, think, feel through images that are held side by side?

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    1. Hi Maria, That is a very lovely way to express haiku!

      Scholars–I am not one in poetry–discuss definitions in many ways and include many issues; for example, differences between Japanese and English.

      One thing I know is that the form is growing, and how wonderful when poets find a form, and then can adapt it too, write in their own style.

      Thank you, Ellen

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  3. Thanks for this today, Ellen. My 80+ yr old Mom and I will be running her errands this morning. Taking care of her is such an honor and priviledge – I know that your experience was the same. Have a lovely day, K

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