Ligo Haibun Challenge – A Kiss and Goodbye

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough

-Rabindranath Tagore


I sat and pondered whether or not there was an opportunity to engage with him one last time. The last days had been horrific, tubes, machines, nurses, doctors.

During the week I had sat there he had looked at me to give him the answers, why the pain, why the effort to breath. I had no answer, only time. Time to give him, as he had given to me for all those years.

His eyes pleaded, his fear obvious. I held his hand; I knew this was his end.  There was no fight left in him. We sat together united in blood. When the moment came he let go, drifted into eternity. Ever so gently he left me, a kiss, and an exclamation of love. Later I reflected on those last minutes, being physically and spiritually engaged.


Time is all there was

With love I held your hand

A kiss and goodbye

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41 Responses to Ligo Haibun Challenge – A Kiss and Goodbye

  1. Anja says:

    Reading this through tears….beautiful and touching. The presence of your love for him is delicate but strong in each word. Thank you for sharing.

  2. summerstommy2 says:

    Thank you Anja, that’s a beautiful comment, glad it has touched you.Thank you!

  3. Agree with Anja, by the simple use of your words you have shown us how much love you had for your dad. A poignant piece Summer and a day that you will remember, now hopefully with a gentle smile.

  4. high five and raspberries says:

    Lovely, touching, HONEST. Pass the tissues will ya..

  5. Brenda says:

    A truly wonderful sharing, well-written and wrenching. Thanks!

  6. So beautiful, touching, and sad (hugs)

  7. This moved me to tears… so wonderful, and still isn’t that exactly how we want to slip away….?

  8. RoSy says:

    A very emotional piece.
    May your dad continue to rest in peace.
    And – may all the love & kisses always live within your heart.

    • summerstommy2 says:

      Thanks RoSy. I appreciate your kindness. Can I also say thank you for the Gratitude video the other day, my friend and I have put it to use, writing letters and ringing up people to read them out. Very emotional but so uplifting. I even made a call to the US. Its made me step out of my comfort zone, so thank you for sharing that video with me. xx So this is my small letter of gratitude to you for putting me onto it.Thanks RoSy

      • RoSy says:

        You’re welcome.
        Wow – You just made my heart smile big. I can’t even describe how I feel with what you just said – almost like I feel my soul being hugged – if that makes any sense.
        Blessings to you & your friend.

      • summerstommy2 says:

        Thanks RoSy,have emailed you a link you might enjoy seeing.

  9. Penny L Howe says:

    A beautiful and moving haibun Michael. I share almost the exact memory with my own father. Alone, just he and I in the room, similar scenario, intensive pain, trouble breathing and fear transmitted to me (he had been such a very strong man), his hand holding mine so tightly. Damn it was hard Michael. But I was there for him, I had promised and I was. He was at peace. I must say your words brought back that night with great clarity. But I understand completely those deep feelings felt in that moment and those that you feel today, my friend. xx

  10. Sun says:

    this week i said goodbye to a childhood friend. your pain must be so much harder because of blood ties. may your father rest in peace and blessings to you and loved ones. ♥

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  12. nightlake says:

    Bravery and strength in pain..moving

  13. I hope the anniversary passed as easily as it could. Saying ‘your dad wouldn’t want you to be like this’ is guaranteed to arouse intense anger in me at the moment – I know that is a journey I need to go through. Writing about these moments helps us deal with them, somehow. Wishing you well. The pain is right there, but beautifully expressed. x

    • Thanks Freya, writing about my time with him was how I dealt with the stress of the day to day. In my blog there is a story called, ‘Bedtime Story’. I wrote that piece the day before he died. If you read it you will understand where I was at that time.I know it is a hard time for you as well, I wish you well too.

  14. Beautifully heart wrenching. Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Peripatetic Eric says:

    Very moving, the feeling is passed on to the reader very intensely.

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