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On Jackie’s Death

by Lionel E. Deimel

 

A but–seven-season life:

A blessing, a curse, a trial?

A lesson.  But which?

 

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Jacquelyn N. Knisely, who was born on February 9, 1996, died on November 3, 1997, after untold emergency trips to the hospital for unexplained seizures. This poem’s not-quite-proper haiku form resulted from its being composed while driving. It was written sometime in November 1997.

For those looking for a more proper haiku—the above poem has seven syllables in the first line, not five—here it is:

Seven-season life:
A blessing, a curse, a trial?
A lesson. But which?

— LED, 8/5/2013

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