< 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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Alexander Jankiewicz
Dixon, IL, USA


I never knew why my grandparents divorced. It was a taboo topic the family never discussed. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wondered why Oma and Opa would be together at family gatherings and would seem to get along just fine but didn’t live together.

Going through my grandmother’s old boxes in her attic after her death has become my responsibility. Her passing affects me all the more as I filter through photo albums and souvenirs. I pause with guilt as I open an old diary.

I begin to read. I’m captivated as I fall into its pages and become unaware of the time as the morning slips into afternoon and the afternoon into evening. Unexpectedly, I come across the reason for their divorce. I lay the diary down with the feelings of sadness and confusion rolled into one.

I’m suddenly aware of the shadows surrounding me. My eyes grow tired as I watch a spider build its web on the frame of my grandparents’ wedding picture.

a letter
cutting deep into the heart
sealed with kisses
a betrayal addressed
with a lover’s lipstick