My father’s birthday was on September 13, and I still remember the year it was time to celebrate his 50th birthday. Guests were soon arriving when my little sister showed up with red itching blotches on her skin. Was it Scarlet Fever? How should we tell the guests? Should the party be canceled? After a short panic, my mother managed to get hold of the family doctor, who managed to calm us saying that it was just hives from something she had eaten. It was probably the plums our babysitter had brought the day before. The subsided and my father could celebrate his birthday, but all I could think of was that I never tasted those delicious plums, and plums were banned in our household for years.
purple-laden boughs —
the neighbor’s plum tree invites
a pilfering boy
Today at dVerse Xania Tran Guest hosts with Haibun Monday, and the topic is about September.
September 26, 2022