indian summer
the child still at home
already gone



(originally published in Acorn 29, Fall 2012)

5 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Wonderful haiku but with strong overtones of poignancy.

    indian summer
    the child still at home
    already gone

    —Roberta Beary


    am I the ghost
    of a child who died before me?
    autumn deepens

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Haiku Novine ISSN 1451-3889 (December 2012)


  2. Marie Shimane Says:

    powerful, touching and beautiful

  3. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Hi Roberta, I still remember leaving home to go to college in 1972. My mother said good-bye at the back door, as she went downstairs, probably to do some laundry. Lovely poem. Best wishes to you and your family.

    golden sun
    on gold leaves
    unconditional love


  4. Mary F.Ahearn Says:

    Lovely poem, moving me back in memory to that last summer before college – my own departure and many years later my son's – Thanks for the beauty of your words…

  5. Ray Rasmussen Says:

    This came to mind: It's winter here in Alberta, my daughter and son-in-law live in my basement suite, and they've just split up. He's packed and left and yet he's still here.

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