Today it is Haibun Monday and I am giving the prompt for today. The post accidentally went live Friday – sorry! Accidents do happen in the real and the poetic world. I am asking people to write a haibun (one or two tight paragraphs with a seasonal, classic haiku at the end) about a memorable birthday or, a full moon or…both combined! These last few days shows us a super moon in the sky – the closest the moon has been to earth in 69 years! Enjoy the moon, enjoy the haibun. Come Join us at dVerse Poets Pub for some splendid reading.
Outside my Hospital Window
I spent my 55th birthday in hospital. I had been diagnosed with uterine cancer and I had just been operated on to remove the cancer. Luckily, it was caught in its very early stages and I was one of the few lucky ones who did not die of this form of cancer. But…I was sick with complications from the anesthesia and deeply depressed. All I could eat was some pond scum broth, water, and coca cola. I had thrown up everything but my toenails. And I had been presented with a birthday cake by my mother, husband, and mother-in-law. It ended up at the nurses’ station for them and anyone else to eat and enjoy. November 16 was a grim birthday for me but I was alive.
Outside my hospital window, the sycamore trees were alive and golden, waving their leaves in the breeze. I could see them from first to last light. They reminded me I was alive and at this point, I had been pronounced cancer free. I spent a lot of time in silence in that room, watching those tree leaves, watching birds hopping from branch to branch, gazing at the clear blue sky during the day and the huge full moon at night. I was sick as a dog but I was alive. I was alive. Happy birthday to me…I sang. Happy happy birthday to me.
golden leaves shimmer
during the day – full moon shines
bright during the night