My Blanket

Quick the seasons were

in the time of pandemic

under a clear sky

caught up in futures

if we live or die here— who cares

know this for all days

that are shorter now

with the cold of winter coming

I want my blanket


dVerse quadrille prompt on the word blanket

My Blanket


It was the first death I could remember—-my father’s father, my grandfather. It came as a surprise, an aneurysm, as the family sped on the highway trying to get to the hospital. We were too late. I never saw the body.

How could I make sense of death at such a young age?

When we returned home, I picked the butterflies off of the grill of the car. These were dead, their soft bodies smashed, the wings intact. I took those colorful wings to the garden across the street. I sat under the overgrown asparagus in the corner of Laird’s garden and buried the butterflies one by one.

life is a flicker

mind what is more beautiful

pathway to the rest


dVerse prompt on how nature plays into our lives. This is a haibun about a death and how nature played a role in how I dealt with that death. I was six years old and loved butterflies.


Meanwhile in Jerusalem

Two miles away in Jerusalem

the priests & Pharisees

heard about Lazarus

& wanted council

for surely this man

does many signs

& the people

were believing he is the one

& Rome will take away our authority

& our nation

Caiphais the high priest said—

it is better that one man die

than a whole nation & so it was

prophecy that Jesus would die

& they plotted to kill him

Meanwhile in Jerusalem

Lazarus in the Tomb

Lazarus was dead & lying in a tomb

friend of Jesus

brother of Martha & Mary

who had sent word to Jesus

Come quickly my brother is sick

Days later Martha met Jesus on the road

as He was approaching Bethany

If only you had come sooner

my brother would be alive!

Mary came to Jesus & fell at His feet

If You had been here

my brother would be alive!

& she wept & Jesus wept

& the people wept

as they went to the tomb

Lazarus in the Tomb

Walking Towards Jerusalem

When Jesus was walking

perhaps he was thinking

of Isaiah 55:12—

You will go out in joy and be led

forth in peace; the mountains

and hills will burst forth into song

before you, and all the trees

of the field will clap their hands.

While walking

James and John asked Jesus

to do something for them

which was to sit one on the right

the other on the left

when Jesus reaches His glory

(they still were thinking

the kingdom of David

would be restored)

Jesus said

You don’t know what you ask

for you are asking something

that I cannot give

The other disciples were angry

(remember how they had argued

about who would be

greatest among them)

so Jesus called them together

& told them whoever desires

to be great among them

shall be your servent &

whoever wants

to be #1

shall be slave of all

for even He came to serve

& give His life as ransom

for many

Walking Towards Jerusalem