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haibun ~ Into the Dark



Into the dark

My father cannot name a single animal for the memory nurse. No farm or wild animal. Not even the simplicity of dog or cat or any of the fish he used to catch.

I imagine them circling the dark auditorium of his brain – sheep, lion, tiger, trout – a silent carousel refusing to yield to the roll of his tongue.  

Parkinson’s dementia
a blackbird almost invisible
in the winter's dusk




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