One of the things I miss most is my short-term memory. Because my family has a history of dementia, I worry that I will become a burden to my children. This morning was a typical example. I sat by my city pond full of trash and tree debris. A haiku came to me. I really liked it, but I thought I would have to recite it over and over if I were to remember it. I got distracted by a new bird call from a red-winged blackbird and forgot the original ending. By the time I had gone a block, I could not remember the last line. So here is Plan B:
I am a promise.
Every April I will come to you
on songbirds' wings.
I am committed to writing one poem a day for the month of April. I have been posting on Facebook, but have decided to post here instead. So here are the first five. I thought maybe I wasn't supposed to name them, so that is why the names changed. Anyone know about that? Anyone? Anyone?
1. Sign of Spring
March winds have no bite. Winter has finally fled. Green leaves rise with the sun.
Red, ripe strawberry, Sweet as a warm summer day Awakens the mind.
3. Haiku 3
Raw, rainy day. Wind gusts whip my umbrella in all directions.
4. Haiku #4
Winter's bite returns. The air is cold and bitter. Where is the sunshine?
5. Brains at Work
Teacher and student bend to the task of writing. Imagination.