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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
 

HAIBUN
 

Turning Point
Susan Constable

 

My mother-in-law stares out the window as I sort 93 years of her life into keeps and giveaways. A few months ago, she was unwilling to get rid of anything. Today, on the brink of moving to the seniorsí home, deciding whatís needed or of sentimental value is up to me. She no longer cares, shows no reaction as I pull our dead sonís T-shirt from her rag bag . . . dust her furniture for the last time.

house sparrows
at the empty feeder
winter deepens

 


Susan Constable Susan Constableís haiku and haiga have appeared in Canada, the United States, Australia, Ireland, and Germany since 2006. Her work can be found in numerous journals, including HaigaOnline, DailyHaiga, Modern Haiga, Sketchbook, The Heronís Nest, Bottle Rockets, Wisteria, Frogpond, Acorn, and Presence, among others, as well as in previous issues of Simply Haiku. She is one of the featured poets in New Resonance 6, published in July 2009. Susan lives with her husband on Canada's west coast, where the natural world provides much of her subject matter, inspiration, and pleasure.