written for OLWG#54
The time was now. He had to go. He gathered up his few meager possessions paid his few debts and divided his land equally amongst his children. On the way, he stopped beneath the old tree to say a final goodbye to his wife, Lenore, gone these many years. He lingered to bid farewell to friends who remained and he paused to make peace with his adversaries.
With his affairs in order he turned his face to the sun and set off. In his heart he knew he would never come back.
Failure is not allowed,
they anticipate your return and,
your word is your bond.
It has been years since you were there,
it matters not; if they’ve gone.
2 thoughts on “OLWG#54- Haibun”
Such a sad leaving, but one he can look back on as tidy and complete.
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Not to many would depart so completely.
One can only wonder what that final obligation really is…
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