Reflections in Gray – Haibun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt would be so easy.  Just sit back, put on a little music and then drift.  The weather is fantastic.  The sun somehow reminded him of the summer back in 1978…the Bee Gee’s music was big back then and his daughter Mary,  came into the world.

‘Staying Alive’, runs through his mind as he looks back at all the changes that have occurred since then.  Doesn’t even seem like the same planet at times.

“Hey Josh…What are you up to, buddy?” Kevin said.  He’d been jogging in the park when he caught sight of his old friend.

“Just sitting here thinking about how short life is, how things never stay the same, you know what I mean.”

“Sure, but that’s what makes life interesting, no?  The change I mean.  Something always new popping us, keeps me on my toes, kind of really aware that life is fantastic!   So, when will you know about Mary?”

“Stephen will give me a call this afternoon, the operation should be over by then.  I’m sure we’ll have good news.  Everything’s going to be ok!” he said it, but somewhere inside there was a little voice that whispered that things weren’t going to be ok.

It had been a long hard winter.  He’d lost his wife, his best friend had had a heart attack and now his daughter was being operated on for cancer.  He felt the bottle of pills in his pocket…it would be so easy.

time’s passing
the shadowy residue
colors life gray

Speakeasy #152

You must include the following sentence ANYWHERE within your submission: “It would be so easy.

25 thoughts on “Reflections in Gray – Haibun

  1. it
    would
    be
    so
    easy
    to
    give
    up
    to
    say
    I
    quit
    it’s
    never
    going
    to
    change
    it’s
    only
    getting
    worse
    people
    will
    never
    stop
    killing
    everything
    that
    lives
    it
    just
    goes
    on
    and
    on
    but
    then
    I
    open
    the
    door
    and
    with
    a
    heavy
    sigh
    I
    walk
    back
    into
    the
    chaos
    of
    life
    because
    in
    truth
    it’s
    not
    always
    as
    easy
    to
    give
    up
    as
    we
    think
    it
    is

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    • staying alive
      though life seems senseless
      though we know
      we’re destined to die
      though chaos surrounds us
      and death knocks everywhere
      yet
      the sun shines brightly
      and the children laugh and play
      the sea gulls cry
      and blackbirds sing
      and with each moment
      a new miricle of vitality
      whispers a new message
      of life … and giving up
      no longer seems
      a viable solution.

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  2. What a thoughtful piece you’ve written,I loved it, somewhere I get the hint of philosophy. Thanks for your entry I am amazed how you can write so well.

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    • Thanks Ranu! There was maybe a hint of phlosophy in the post, but mostly it was just a reflection on how it’s so easy to be depressed without anyone noticing 😉

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  3. This is so touching. He’s definitely had more than his share of heartache, but I hope he doesn’t take the easy route. There’s got to be a rainbow on his horizon somewhere (and the colors will be even more vivid looking through the pain he’s been through.)

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  4. Oh,he definitely has been dealt a poor hand by fate!But am so hoping that he is going to hold on to hope and not give up-though it seems easy to do so..as they say its the darkest before dawn.

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