haiku 11 april

a cap on a bench

in the park of

an old people’s home



(It was a tweed cap on a bench. It felt a little bit sad to see it there, left behind. I wondered who had left it there. Then I discovered that my 7-month old son in a pram is missing a shoe. He must have kicked it out of the pram. I decided to backtrack to look for it. A lady walking with an elderly woman stopped me and asked if we had not lost a shoe, that her husband was looking for us. I rushed towards the front of the retirement home to look for the man. There was nobody. An older man passed us and said he knew we were looking for a shoe and that the man with the shoe was looking for us. I felt like in a James Bond movie. Everybody was looking for the shoe. Sebastian was getting restless, so we sat on a bench and I took him out of the pram. He was smiling at me. Then I saw a man waving the shoe over his head. He came to us with a big smile and handed me the shoe. I thanked him a 10 times and told him it was very kind of him. He smiled and left. What a nice man.)

After work


They came from work at the same time. He did some tidying up while she cooked asparagus and vegetarian sausages. She did not make a salad because of the E.coli scare that was on at the moment. They brought their plates to the balcony. The wind was slightly chilly so he went back to the room to fetch a hoodie. She was wrapped in her black anorak. They ate in almost total silence needing to purge their heads after a day at work. He asked her if she was tired. She nodded. They sat in silence eating their asparagus and soya sausages and looking at the park below where a girl was walking a golden retriever. He was rather restless. He carried a big branch in his mouth from one place to another. he would then lie down, chew on it for a while and then get up again, take the piece of wood to another place and then lie down again. This would happen over and over. The girl kept calling him: “Diego, Diego!”. But Diego did what he wanted. The girl eventually got up from the bench, tied Diego on a leash and walked away with him.
After a while they started to be cold, so they got up to leave. As they were leaving the balcony, the clock on the nearby church tower struck seven times. They stopped and listened for a while and then went inside. Behind the window, their Tibetan flags were flapping in the wind. Apart from that there was complete silence.