Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 3, September 2010

Robert Moyer
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA


The Sanctuary

She raises her head from the pillow to ask, Do you remember what my voice sounded like, her sweet soprano that made her the star of every operetta in her small town, that married and buried scores of people, she sang in so many choirs, some of them together with me, perched behind the preacher, the organ thundering ecclesiastical chords through our very bones, her voice soaring above that of other mediocre moms into the sanctuary.

No, I say, I can’t really remember her voice, I can only remember the smiles on the faces of the congregation.

in the living room
covered with dust and pictures
her piano


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