Departure in Pigeon Steps

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

into dementia

© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Mum and me

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille September 14th 2016 departure

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.


10 thoughts on “Departure in Pigeon Steps

  1. So sorry you have lost your mum this way. Dementia steals away our loved ones in the most heartwrenching way. May you always remember the woman that she was, even as you painfully watch her slipping away.

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