Birthday Wishes: Haibun

I think of my dad today and how he admired Tony Hillerman’s novels, mysteries involving the Navajo Tribal Police. Once he wrote Mr. Hillerman a letter and received a gracious reply. It’s been twenty years now since my father died. He’d be ninety-nine today—perhaps he’d have new favorite books and authors. He was a man filled with passion—for food, women, art, history–and for his children and grandchildren. He thought we were the best and brightest, no question. Though he expected all to wait upon him–courtiers of the court of Lee–yet—he was generous with love, presents, and hundreds of restaurant meals. He was always proud of me and assigned my first book to his history classes. (Sorry). I wish my dad was still here to read my words. I love you, Dad. I miss you.

 

yellow-green stems grow

vivid blooms in summer’s heat—

then red-gold leaves fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is for open link night at dVerse, where Lillian is hosting. I’ve given a nod to National Book Lovers Day in my Haibun.

 

 

41 thoughts on “Birthday Wishes: Haibun

  1. What a wonderful tribute/letter/post to your dad. I was hoping as I read it, that you would post his picture, and you did 🙂 The haiku is perfect…
    and these words “courtiers of the court of Lee” made me smile.
    I think you carry a bit of your dad within you….and it made its way to your pen today.

  2. A lovely tribute to your dad, Merril. And, continuing in the small world theme, my dad would have been 91 on August 9. I think we rarely appreciate the importance of our fathers’ influence until they are gone.

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