Tomorrow it will be 10 years since my mother’s passing. Enola Borgh was a professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She loved Lake Michigan too. She didn’t drive, and after I learned, I sometimes drove to the university after my day at high school, and saved her the bus ride home. She also used the bus rides to prepare for class, and then to think about what she would make for dinner. We loved the East Side of Milwaukee – the drives, the restaurants. She was younger there and I can still sense her spirit there. As I’ve written before, I credit her with helping me to find haiku. I had been writing many poems, and then she suggested I learn a form – but she did not try and direct me beyond that. Of course, a form can never be truly learned. I found haiku though, and began subscribing to Modern Haiku in 1993, which was then edited by Bob Spiess from Madison, Wisconsin. Karl and I attended UW-Madison from 1972 – 1976, when we graduated and moved to Illinois, where we worked for years.
Modern Haiku is now edited by Paul Miller, from Portsmouth, Rhode Island. http://modernhaiku.org Bob Spiess’s legacy is honored. Lee Gurga and Charles Trumbull were the main editors before Paul Miller, and others are editors there too.
I am pleasantly surprised to be peaceful. My mother suffered many illnesses. She worked so hard to stay with us as long as she could, and was also ready for God to call her Home at His time. It was a privilege to witness her faith – sometimes she was stronger and sometimes I was stronger. As I’ve written before, I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that loves grows well beyond grief. Did I think love would end after the grief healed? I had a lot of rebuilding in my life to do as well, after her passing. The illness I had required some choices, because of my energy level, and I would make the same choices again.
Here by my side is a book I read from to my mother in her last days: The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing; Leland Ryken, Editor (2002, Shaw Books). I still have a cough from the respiratory flu, but it is healing. So long days of reading and rest are still good for me. I have taken this time to reflect, and I’ve needed to make some changes again, and be simpler again. Everyone has understood. Now the adventure of being in my 60s, Lord willing.
Creativity has its seasons. I continue to love blogging and our community. I’ve been reading in the archives, as you know, and it’s wonderful to see how we stay in touch these years, and always welcome new people. Sometimes people take breaks – and very individual each person’s path. Always a wishing others well. I read widely, and most at home here.
Speaking of mothers and creativity, if you haven’t visited Marilyn Warner’s blog, Things I Want To Tell My Mother, here’s her link. You’ll see! http://warnerwriting.wordpress.com
I wrote this haiku in 2012:
sorrow turns to stars
The rose is courtesy of wpclipart.com.