Haibun: Oops!

For my Wednesday Muse prompt:  I Love to Laugh. A haibun. A prosimetric form that is true and ended with a seasonal haiku. Jeff was my dear friend who reminded me a lot of Robert Preston in Victor/Victoria. He committed suicide last year 6/7/2018. I miss him greatly and he still makes me laugh.

 “A friend is a gift you give yourself. “Robert Louis Stevenson

We had a new employee coming into our agency. My supervisor assured me I would like him. Jeff was introduced to us at a unit breakfast and the supervisor was right – we took to each other like pancakes and maple syrup.

The next day we went out to lunch. As we were walking down the hill to a cafe  the elastic in my underwear snapped. Slowly my underpants creeped down. I kept stopping to pull them up. Finally Jeff said, Girl, what is your problem? I confessed. My elastic snapped and my underpants keep slipping. We stopped while Jeff pondered for a moment. I know. You slip into this alley way and shuck them off. I will stand outside and guard you. So I did. Luckily I was wearing a denim jumper.

Jeff asked me what color they were. I asked him why? He grinned and said, If I see a drunk wandering on the street wearing them as a hat, I just want to identify the owner.  I giggled . Fuschia .  We went back to the office laughing uproariously. We laughed about this for years . It didn’t help that we had gotten high as kites while out of the office.
hot summer in the city –
alleys hide secrets in them –
laughter lasts forever

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rall
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 23:20:50

    He sounded like a lot of fun…puce knickers for a hat indeed. LOL. Sad he is no longer with us.


  2. Sherry Blue sky
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 23:20:59

    Such a funny story….and so sad that you lost him last year.


  3. Carrie V. H.
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 23:58:23

    What a memory Toni! So funny and Jeff handled it well! You are right laughter is forever and his memory will forever be a wonderful one. I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful friend. 💙


  4. merrildsmith
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 07:08:22

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend, but I’m glad you have a such wonderful stories to remember. This one is so funny.
    (And I love Victor/Victoria and Robert Preston.)


  5. Susie Clevenger
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 16:29:15

    I am so sorry you lost your friend. Your memories keep him alive in you. Love the story. It had me giggling.


  6. purplepeninportland
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 21:22:20

    Great story, funny man!


  7. Regina Phillips
    Jun 07, 2019 @ 17:50:21

    Sorry for your loss. Memories keep our loved ones close, and what a beautiful memory to always bring a smile!


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