Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 1, March 2010

Joyce Christie
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia


Unfinished Business

As he grows richer, grudges and resentments loom larger. Brother competes with brother for the family business. An exchange of solicitor’s letters. Who did what to whom. Cousins instructed not to speak. His younger son dies. His older son takes off somewhere, and his daughters marry and scatter.

Ninety five and he lives his last days in the nursing home where his wife died ten years earlier. His room has a view of the sea.

daughters at his graveside
on two separate days

on the horizon
unshed tears




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