Monday, December 18, 2006

The Smile and "Hello, Dear"

I've known her for as long as I can remember. We met almost every day but we both were too shy to introduce ourselves. For me her name was the smile and invariable "hello, dear". She was well advanced in years, slim, and tidy. Her clothes showed signs of wear but the overall impression was very pleasing. We talked only once when my Irish setter ran to her and insisted on smelling her pockets. She did not protest. She was worried and a little confused. She said, "Dear, I don't have any treats just some sunflower seeds". I explained that my dog was fond of sunflower seeds. She gave him a handful. While he was eating I could tell that she was happy because she could afford to treat somebody. I thanked her and we parted ways. Afterwards I could not stop smiling. Her happiness filled me with joy. I left for college a week later. This year somebody told me that she passed away.

the sky clears
rainbow bridges
two riverbanks
All rights reserved © Natalia L. Rudychev.
Fist published in Contemporary Haibun Online, December 2006, vol 2 no 4.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:48 PM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
Glad to see you!
Seasonal Greetings!


7:57 PM  
Blogger Borut said...

Greetings to you too. A great piece. It touched me somewhere deep inside.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
There are things that never let go.
For some reason I think that Her story has to be told.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Natalia, glad to see you!! Hope all is well. A warm and wonderful haibun. Hope you and your family have a great holiday!!

2:16 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely story!

2:22 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


I'm always glad to see you1
I was a little bit sick plus a lot of work. I'm OK now.
Hope you have great holidays too!

2:32 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
I'm glad you enjoyed it!

2:33 AM  
Blogger samuru999 said...

That was quite lovely...
and really touched me!

Warmest Holiday greetings to you and yours!


10:31 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
Happy Holidays!

2:48 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

There are so many people that I know this way -- I guess we all do -- you plan to get to know them more, but we're too busy, or at least we think we are.
I really like this!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you! Sometimes its shyness.
Who am I to invade her privacy. What if she does not want to know me closer.

9:40 PM  
Blogger jel said...

Merry Christmas Natalia,
and may you have a blessed New Year!

and thank you for the visit!

very cool picture!

3:47 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
Merry Christmas!
Best Wishes!

6:21 AM  
Blogger polona said...

this really touched me. beautiful haibun, natalia, and good to see you back!
greetings to you, too!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Amalendu said...

A lovely comeback....
Wish you a very happy new year Natalia....

5:35 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!

Happy New Year!
Best to you and yours in 2007!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Natalia L. Rudychev said...


Thank you!
All the best to you in 2007!

1:45 AM  

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