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My Life As Told in Haiku Poems

So Much Said in So Few words

By Linda RivenbarkPublished about a year ago 3 min read
My Life As Told in Haiku Poems
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

I feel kind of sheepish writing this Haiku Memoir when I have NEVER written even one Haiku poem that I can remember.

I think it hits the highlights of my life if you look closely enough.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

Haiku Creations By Linda Rivenbark

Happy Little Me!

Blonde hair, beaming smile.

Bare feet run on packed dirt ground

And wander in fields.

By Anna Niezabitowska on Unsplash

My Mother

A picture of love,

Tenderness personified.

Yet stronger than steel.

By Laura Ohlman on Unsplash

My Dad

My first love he was,

My example of manhood.

Always there for me.

By Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

My Brothers

Making memories.

Two older and one younger.

Always had my back.

By Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Going to School

One day I wake up

And find out it's time for school!

A new life begins.

By Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Minnie Mouse book bag

and black-and-white Oxford shoes.

Excited and scared.


Learning to sight read,

and to color in the lines.

How to count and add.


Writing a real story

With just the words I could spell.

I thought that was hard.


I learned to speak French

In 8th through 12th grade French class

My name was Elise.


Twelve years slowly pass...

It is graduation day!

Where did the time go?

By Dragos Blaga on Unsplash


U.N.C.C. first.

Prepare to be a teacher?

Help the children learn?


In the Seventies

teaching jobs were not enough

For the new teachers.


Switch gears...College time!

Earning Allied Health Care field

Degree will open doors.

Career in Medical Transcription and CNA


Hone typing skills for typing

medical reports.

By David Klein on Unsplash

By Keith Kasaija on Unsplash


Three decades later

Start my first caregiver job.

Elder care at home.


Learn new caring skills.

Nurse Aide training shows new ways

to care for patients.

By CDC on Unsplash

(Back to Personal Life)

Young Love

Wavy, auburn hair

Framing haunting hazel eyes.

Seen through mists of time.

By Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash


We exchanged our vows

"As long as we both shall live".

Meaning every word.

By Sandy Millar on Unsplash


Things change. People change.

Grow together, or apart.

Know when to let go.


Our best plans can fail.

We must let go and start again.

Life has more for us.

By Benjamin Davies on Unsplash


A new love is born

When holding our newborn child.

Life is all brand new.


Tiny fists pull on

Our hair and all our heart strings

Changing everything.


Sleepless nights are hard,

when baby is cutting teeth

or they have colic.


Toddler days come next

Pulling up, and that first step.

Oh! We feel so proud!

By Zach Lucero on Unsplash

My Son s

Two little blond boys

Born almost two years apart,

Fun to watch them grow.

By Lubomirkin on Unsplash


Firstborn takes first steps

On upholstery shop table.

Then just watch him go!

By Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash


Swimming like a fish,

Brother number two took off

In the backyard pool.


The teen years were hard.

They were not all smooth sailing,

but we made it through.


Handsome, tall and strong.

Blue eyes filled with deep resolve.

I see my small boys.

By Xavier Mouton Photographie on Unsplash

My Daughter

Dress-up was her game,

Borrowing my high-heel shoes.

Today, she’s the Mom.

By Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Cos play was great fun

"Look out Princess Ariel,

Watch out, here I come".


Playing with brothers,

She had to learn to compete

and "fight like a girl".


Now a strong woman

She has a son of her own,

Makes her mother proud.


Grandchildren and Greats

Children grow up fast!

Then they give us a grandchild.

Our hearts exude love.

By Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash


Each milestone helps us

recall the happy days when

Our children were young.

By Johnny Cohen on Unsplash

Growing Old er

Yes, the years bring change!

In so many different ways.

We learn to adapt.


Shoulders slightly stooped.

Halting steps may slow our stride.

Spirit still feels young.

By Marivi Pazos on Unsplash

immediate family

About the Creator

Linda Rivenbark

I believe in the magic of words, love, and tenacity. There is a world out there that needs to be explored, researched, and written out to try to make some sense of it, and to make a better place for the children of tomorrow.

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  • Lucia Joyceabout a year ago

    These are so beautiful and they flow together with grace.

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    This was an absolute joy to read. Thank you so much for sharing your touching, powerful life story thus far. I feel like a know you a bit now 🥲 I am really impressed how you did this all with haikus. Wonderful work! :)

  • Linda Rivenbark (Author)about a year ago

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words!

  • Your creativity is so mind blowing. I loved it. Your Haiku brings back my old memories. Thank you:)

  • This was so brilliant and creative! I enjoyed reading this! And I'm so sorry for all the struggles you went through in your life

  • A lovely idea superbly executed

  • Alex H Mittelman about a year ago

    I loved all of those! You’re a great writer! Thank you for sharing! 😀🤓😁

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