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She looks so fragile. Her posture, usually so straight and confident, is hunched. Her eyes - those brilliant sapphire-blue eyes that captivated my dad thirty years ago - are a tear-softened turquoise behind black-rimmed glasses (glasses I convinced her to buy because they make her look like a young Diane Keaton). She stares blankly out the window, seeing something I don't. Watching memories, perhaps. 

My mum, the strongest woman I know, looks breakable. 

the old cherry clock ticks away broken heartbeats -- splash of crimson wine
I sit beside her and place my hand over her smaller, trembling one. It's the only comfort she will accept. She is my mother. She is supposed to be strong for me, not the other way around. That's what she would say. So I sit beside her helplessly, holding her tiny hand. She has lost her mother tonight. And I can only hope that, someday, I will have a child to hold my hand when I lose this woman I love so dearly.

Copyright © Heather Ober | Year Posted 2015


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  1. Date: 9/20/2016 9:23:00 AM

    It would be great for you to come back. I hope you are well.
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 8:22:00 PM

    This was touching. Drop by and view my latest for comparison. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 1:12:00 PM

    Dropping by to say hi.
  1. Date: 6/13/2016 8:02:00 AM

    I hope you return to the soup Heather, you are missed.
  1. Date: 2/13/2016 9:23:00 AM

    Deep write, Heather, touching imagery... :( LINDA
  1. Date: 2/5/2016 1:13:00 PM

    such an emotional haibun Heather I have a huge lump in my throat reading this moving write:-( Hugs Jan xxx
  1. Date: 2/3/2016 2:46:00 AM

    This is so beautiful and very moving Heather. Life can be so challenging. Blessings, Connie #7
  1. Date: 12/11/2015 1:01:00 PM

    Beautiful, Heather! I think this haibun and Sand Dollar. . . are among my favorites. I have published many tanka and consider yours eminently publishable.
  1. Date: 11/29/2015 11:32:00 PM

    The sadness and emotions come screaming through the screen, so touching and and I hope you are coping, this poem only shows what a wonderful person you are! :)
  1. Date: 11/28/2015 7:44:00 AM

    Well worth reading again Heather. Hugs Rick.
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 9:57:00 AM

    What an introspective look at the sadness of the loss of a loved one. Just beautiful in word and form. Congratulations on the win.rdu
  1. Date: 11/17/2015 4:12:00 PM

    wow, this is amazing how you wrote it. OH, I wish I could do a haibun like this!!!
  1. Date: 11/17/2015 9:04:00 AM

    This pulls at the heart, so sorry for both of your losses. I love the way you so intimately painted this picture.
  1. Date: 11/16/2015 5:01:00 PM

    Omg so sad Heather....