For five years I’ve watched my mother be consumed by dementia. At first, nothing seemed different about her: she was a little vague and avoided groups of people. Then she forgot how to make a cup of tea, how to eat, how to dress herself. She forgot my name, how to speak and walk. This happened over the course of five years but because of distance – it’s a six and a half hour round trip to the care-home – time seems to have speeded up; dementia has ravenously gobbled up her soul.
her soul disappears
departing with pigeon steps
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
This week the challenge is to create a haibun with the theme of ‘departure’ with a maximum of 100 words (including the haiku). Departure can mean the end of a season, the departure of a plane or train. You may decide yourself in which way you use ‘departure’ in your haibun.