How to Tell Time

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! As this is National Haiku Writing Month, I am writing a haibun today. As you may know, a haibun combines prose (often fiction or travel diary) and haiku.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by fellow writer Sandra Crook.  Thank you, Sandra!

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How to Tell Time

by Jan Brown


8:15 a.m. Just enough time to check her make-up before the meeting. A high visibility project!


8:20 a.m. Printing the last set of handouts. She’s glad to be leading the conference this time.


8:25 a.m. Running late. Wishes she wasn’t leading the conference this time.


8:30 a.m. Her flight’s delayed—missing the first two hours of the corporate retreat.


8:35 a.m. A rare vacation day. Wasted on doctor’s appointments and tests.


8:40 a.m. Her executive assistant asks what’s wrong.


her favorite dress

how he used to zip the back

now the funeral


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35 thoughts on “How to Tell Time

    • Thank you, Russell. Drawing from my own experience, I’d say she made too little time for her own life, and devoted too much to her corporate life (using the term “life” somewhat loosely here).

  1. So clever how you did this, Jan. The way you captured this in a timeline to show her progress. She got to “success” but couldn’t enjoy it in the end. The haiku about the dress is so sad, says so much! Very well done.

  2. It doesn’t seem that time was kind to her, or was it rather that she wasn’t kind to herself over the course of her life? Too little time spent on herself and too much on the less meaningful things.

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