< 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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Bryan Rickert
Belleville, Illinois, USA

Caribbean Holiday

They speak French but I do not and like most children of immigrants my wife has lost the language. An island of inlaws. Every trip to the grocery store, gas station, boulangerie a family reunion. Strangers look familiar, my children always wondering how they might be related. Every morning, gathering family for a hike to the island's highest peak, or a picnic on its leeward side (champagne or rum is served). Every night, a generous meal at a cousin's or aunt’s, rounds of singing and accordion (champagne or rum is served). In between, visits to elder family members with stories about the “good old days." And the chores: An aunt needs to clear half a hector of land, which since her husband's death is in disrepair. A rock wall needs reinforcing. Fresh coats of paint at a cousin’s, a bit of masonry and gardening for grandma (champagne or rum is served).

Somewhere we squeeze in a few trips to the beach, try to remember when vacations were relaxing.

island life
getting used to ants