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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 Her curiosity, her sense of adventure, her love of the world and of all the people in it have been replaced by a child-like fear of the unfamiliar.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 waxing 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 )
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.
Demon57 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done and congratulations on DD
wei-en Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This is really...I don't know. It fits together well.
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 :)
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 ;
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just lost my mother; she was 95.  She did not have any type of dementia (though she did get forgetful and would tell the same jokes and stories a lot) so I feel very fortunate that she was aware I was there with her the night before she died. 

I am sorry to hear your grandmother is not so lucky. :hug:
sometimesidrawshit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
My grandma died of alsheimers four years ago on Memorial day. I never got to see her much but I have these distinct memories of the old timey trailer she used to live in, her buying me watermelon and cheap model cars and yelling at my cousin, and that gravelly yet somehow comforting voice of hers. And her jowls. I didn't see her at the end and I'm glad for that because that's the way I like to think of her-- as someone very kind and mothering but still very human. You made me think of my Granny at a time where I've nearly forgotten her and at this juncture that's something I never hope to do. 
shuryukan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried ;-;.

Arokag Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You didnt cry.
GreenElephantGirl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
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