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“Is there something terribly wrong with me?”

I sigh and look up from my book. In the evening light my grandmother stares back at me, utterly unaware that it’s the third time she’s asked in as many minutes. Complex maps of wrinkles frame her wide eyes, each crease charting the grief, joy and laughter of a lifetime she is slowly forgetting. I look at her and I remember the wit and spark that used to punctuate her speech. I remember the way she used to strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere; how she’d find wonder in the simplicity of everyday life. Her curiosity, her sense of adventure, her love of the world and of all the people in it have been replaced by a child-like fear of the unfamiliar.

I look at my grandmother and behind her old, tired eyes I see a young girl who has lost hold of her mother’s hand in a world full of strangers.

“No, Grandma. There’s nothing wrong with you at all.”


curtains shift –
the faint glow
of a waning moon
A haibun.

I feel like this is a bit cheesy, but it's also the truth as plainly as I can tell it. What are you supposed to say the third, fourth, fifth, sixth time?
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Grandma by the-beastie is redolent with heart-wrenching truth. ( Featured by neurotype )
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hazel-thorne Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've said so much, so beautifully in so few words. It made me sad, but the grandchild's care and sympathy was touching.
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the-beastie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done and congratulations on DD
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the-beastie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much :)
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!:heart:
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wei-en Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This is really...I don't know. It fits together well.
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the-beastie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for reading :)
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rufus-kun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of my grandmother, 93 and still going strong. Happy to see everyone but can't remember her family's names, as long as she is happy we don't mind :)
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the-beastie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is the most important thing :) thank you for reading.
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Azuri-chann Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
It's really beautiful...and sad. Now I have this urge to go to my grandma and hug her. Really great work! Congrats on the DD!  ; A ;
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