Death Scene–Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge

Death Scene

Written and linked to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge.  This week’s challenge is CROW. The story is true. My Irish mother always claimed that the black bird was a sign of death. I used that as a theme in my novel: “The Sin of His Father.”


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She only lasted four weeks from the day of her diagnosis. I spent much of that time with her–witnessed the rapid progression of her cancer, helped to manage her pain,tried to comfort my mother, her husband and children. I wallowed in a feeling of helplessness.

We watched tennis players enjoying nearby courts and a multitude of large blackbirds feeding on newly sown grass.

Life begins, life endures, life ends.

outside crows forage
black contrasts on summer green
inside, my sister’s waning

12 thoughts on “Death Scene–Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge

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  2. I don’t see how pancreatic cancer can be confused with osteoperosis – I’m furious on your behalf. Perhaps you think differently.

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    • I’m a nurse. Pancreatic is easily the most difficult cancer to diagnose because it is hidden behind other internal organs. Quite often it manifests as back pain due to phenomenom called referred pain. My sister’s father’s family had a history of horrible osteoporosis. The other side of the story is that she was the patient of an HMO that put off doing the appropriate diagnostic test. :0( By the time she was diagnosed it has spread to the liver.

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  3. A poignant piece. Haibun are great for this sort of topic.


  4. merrildsmith says:

    Quietly powerful.

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  5. Jules says:

    May her memories be for a blessing…
    Too much loss we suffer.
    But I think memory of the better times helps.
    Someone told me that when Cardinal birds visit – it is our loved ones spirits.

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  6. Sue says:

    A good write, Victoria, from an anguished time

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  7. Four weeks from diagnosis to her passing. How brutally sudden. The crows and blackbirds are well placed in this poem. Well done, Victoria, and my sympathies for what you, your mother and sister went through.

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  8. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #11: Victoria Slotto’s latest #haibun for my current #haikai challenge!

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