< meta charset="UTF-8"> Haibun Today: A Haibun & Tanka Prose Journal

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 4, December 2019

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Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

All That Remains

The email is from college friends with whom I’ve not had contact for 30 years. They write:

“For some reason that we cannot entirely explain we decided to try and find you. We were just at lunch with friends, some of whom are quite a bit younger, and we found ourselves telling them a bit about the 60's. Many of the experiences we shared with you came to mind: the anti-war marches, the sit-ins, the Grateful Dead concerts in the Fillmore auditorium, Joan Baez singing 'We shall overcome,' the hippies and drug scene. So here we are contacting you.”

What to say? Marriage and children. Affairs and divorce. Friends and enemies. Successes and losses. Too many regrets.

While feeling like responding, what to say beyond how difficult the telling is?

winter snow –
peony roots dormant
beneath the crust

Previously published in Frogpond, Winter 2011/12.