Haibun: Bathing the Turtle
Sheltered by a stand of willows, I watch a young boy giving his pet turtle a scrub in the pond. Obviously this turtle’s well cared for, and no disease will carry it away. Such empathy! I fight the urge to cry out, “What a great kid!” If only I had some flowers to leave to show my appreciation for this boy’s tenderness. But I must go. Thankful for this little diversion from the day’s bad news, I turn toward home. It’s a long walk. If I’m lucky, I’ll get there before dark.
All my bitter tears
vanish in a single note
from the blackbird’s throat.
Posted on October 4, 2020, in 5-7-5, haibun, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged boy, cared, disease, diversion, flowers, giving, pond, sheltered, turtle, urge, walk, watch. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.