KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Haiku Sequence: 81 words

Tangled Branches

by Sheila Sondik
hospice menu
he can order whatever
he wants now

his wheelchair
motionless in the hardware aisle
Wal-Mart field trip

at the gravesite
distracted by a misspelling
engraved in granite

saying Kaddish
for a nonbeliever
his unshaded grave

after the burial     we rake him over the coals

13 days dead
the first phone call
from antsy heirs

spam mailbox
a draft copy
of his grave marker

bare tangled branches
sorting out
his affairs

shred the sky
his father’s secrets

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