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Five Childhood Memories, Five Haiku

Updated on February 26, 2012


Gran lies in her bed.

Family try to comfort her.

She is not healthy.

Time creeps by slowly,

And she and I share secrets.

We play quiet games.

Stark chime of the phone.

Mum says Gran's gone to heaven.

Feel terribly lost.



I climb with my dad,

Up the side of the mountain.

Together we talk-

We're laughing, joking.

Mountain seems to have no end.

We stop for a rest.

We continue on,

And suddenly I see it;

We've reached the summit.

I look down and feel

Dizzy; We're up so high.

On top of the world.



Plant roses with Mum.

She holds the flower in place.

I pat down the soil.

I am amazed to

Discover the flower grows

Slowly but surely.



Awake, but confused.

Something's wrong with my eyesight.

Worse than yesterday.

Just gets worse from here.

Waiting rooms and doctors flash

by my eyes; No use.



Shy, I wave hello.

Meeting her for the first time;

My little sister.

Wrapped in a pink cloth,

As snug as the snuggest bug.

So many questions.

"Please, can I hold her?"

I do; a tiny treasure.

I smile while she sleeps.

The above poems were written as part of JustAskSusan's childhood memory haiku challenge. Thanks for the challenge, Susan!


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    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very nice Vixen. Can especially relate to Grandmother & Mountains.

    • Rufus rambles profile image

      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      These are beautiful and poignant.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Beautifully written and I now look forward to many more by you.

      Take Care


    • VendettaVixen profile image

      VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you, Frank. I'm glad to hear that.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      very well written I like the grandmother one best of all :)

    • VendettaVixen profile image

      VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you very much to you both. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

    • sankari.nayagam profile image

      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Well-written! I liked the Grandmother and Roses very much!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautifully done! Thank you so much for taking on this challenge.