Four seasons have changed in Japan since I left, but hardly in Hawai’i. My father passed away late August and I rushed back. After a series of events and ceremonies, I returned to Hawai’i with my mother so that she could refresh herself. She did not forget to carry Father’s photo. I was happy visiting sights with my mother that I hadn’t yet seen, as well as favorite places.

The window of the studio to which I moved faces east. Every morning we would wake up in bright natural light, but it was soon too hot for the end of October.

Morning sunshine

Over Diamond Head:

The face in the photo

Warming up


3 Responses to “Return”

  1. Others may disagree (hopefully!), but this short haibun may be a little too personal to draw the average reader in. I do think that the final image in the haiku, where a person has been reduced to a photo interacting with sunshine is moving, and if it were not for something of the preceding prose, we would certainly not be able to appreciate it. There is a similar situation in our house at present, as my wife’s mother passed away recently and has suddenly become a photo.

  2. Hmmm… i sort of like the basic idea of the morning (mourning) sunshine warming the face of a deceased one in a photo. Perhaps a resurection? However, I agree, as Tito points out, that the preceding prose is important to understanding the essence of the haiku.

    Sure the haibun is a bit personal, but it reminds me of Basho sharing his feelings about his mother’s death.

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