Haibun Monday: A Little Romance

I missed one day of work due to my little sons catching a bug at school and when I came back to work, I felt like I had mistakenly walked onto the set of the old Dating Game show. Just one day! I learned that three graduate students had been sent over to our clinic (the day I was out) to be interviewed for a semester long internship and I would be supervising the intern. I was given three resumes and application letters to review quickly. Every nurse, doctor and staff member mentioned the three intern candidates and which one they thought I should pick as I walked through the Dermatology Clinic where I worked as a Clinic Coordinator. I took the three applications back to my boss, Carol, and asked who she thought was the best. That’s when I learned she had already chosen an intern and he would be starting later the same morning! “Oh, and, umm, Elaine, he’s very handsome. I think you’ll really like him! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. You should start dating!” I shook my head in frustration. “Carol! This guy is supposed to be here to learn and to help us! He’s not coming here to be set up with an over the hill divorcee with two little boys!” She just laughed and left.

Later that morning a tall, dark and handsome man walked up to my desk and introduced himself as my new intern. Dammit, he even smelled handsome! Carol just laughed at my mumbling, turned beet red after I glared at her and left us to it. I was pretty icy with him for the first couple of months. Then I thawed out to merely tepidly friendly. I didn’t want him to get any wild ideas while I was overseeing his masters project and thesis. At the end of the semester I proofread his paper and retyped it for him. Then he started asking me out to dinner to repay me for helping him so much. I kept saying no. Finally, one day he caught me overwhelmed with patients and I said yes without meaning to do so. I was sunk and he knew it. He laughed heartily and left before I could change my answer. We dated for 14 months and then I regained my sanity and broke up with him. He was too young, crazy and different for our romance to last, but our summer-spring romance ended pleasantly.

Spring and summer meet.
Flowers bloom, birds sing sweetly.
Chilly fall kills blooms.

D. Elaine Wood-Lane

Today at dVerse, the challenge was to write a brief, true romance story in one or two paragraphs followed by a concise haiku to describe the same story. This is my attempt. Yes, it is true. No, it is not the story of my romance with my husband. He’s a very private guy!  Go to: https://dversepoets.com/2016/08/08/haibun-monday-a-little-romance/ to read more haibuns or to leave your own!  


  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I think everyone should have one of those impossible, but delicious-while-it-lasts romances. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Allowing the stretch of time with him was wise as it was wise to break up with him. Maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. whimsygizmo says:

    Your haiku fits perfectly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Love this story as it brings back some memories of my own. And then there was the day when I started viewing interns as my sons instead of…eye opening experience.

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    Oh how I enjoyed this! Glad you had that mad fling. And thank you so much for telling us about it. I’ll grin about this one for several days. Perfect haiku.

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  6. ZQ says:

    Haha Good work! Smart “cookie”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Enjoyable read. “he even smelled handsome”, oh I remember meeting guys like that.

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  8. Bryan Ens says:

    A delightful story. ..even if the romance was brief

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  9. Beautiful, especially the haiku, but enjoyed your whole story, because it feels so real. The human experience…

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  10. sMiLes.. as i now continue
    to dance everywhere i go.. yes..
    noW for 3 years.. approaching
    6000 miles of Nike GPS sports
    watch measure.. i can
    say with surety
    that my wife
    has never
    ever in those
    three years
    i smell
    but not in that way..

    and here..
    Forrest Gump lives..
    the REAL ForRest oF DancE..;)

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  11. Mish says:

    I think there is something to be learned from every romance….no matter how short. Your haiku is wonderful and a great summary of your story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Grace says:

    I enjoyed your story, smiles!

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  13. Thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments! I’m glad you enjoyed it, identified with it, and maybe even laughed a little at it. I learned a lot from that romance and it was all good. ๐Ÿ™‚


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