Kuebiko 2020

by Hellon   Jan 26, 2021


Kuebiko felt very old now
and spent his days
on the cool verandah
shaded by a magnolia tree
that he remembers Sally planting
when she was just a little girl.
How she clapped and carried on
as her dad swung her around
Kuebiko remembers.

He knows he's led a full life

and...

he's very grateful for the small
comforts that surround him,
especially the walking stick
with a crow's head carved
on the handle that
Sally gave him when he retired.

The farm has been his life
and Sally his one and only love,
a true love that never waivered
in all these years.

Suddenly a gust
of wind blows his hat onto the
lawn and, just for a moment he
grins, waiting for Sally to come scold
him once more before he remembers
Sally is gone...taken by some virus
he doesn't understand..

Kuebiko's twinkling blue eyes
now mist with tears as he faces
yet another long, lonely day
alone...

@Hellon 26th January 2021

*Thanks Saffie for reminding me of this little character :)

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  • 5 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    This is so nostalgic and emotional.... how could one ever forget the loving poems that you crafted with this character? I just went back and re-read the series, and am having a hard time acknowledging the fact that it's been 8 years almost! I remember you saying you wrote this for your grandson, and I love how much Kuebiko grew in our hearts here on PnQ. You wrote him with tenderness and explored so many emotions too, like loneliness and not understanding change. Then, getting to see Sally again, realizing how she's grown, and coping with her loss. It's heartbreaking, and I simply can't imagine watching those around you, those that you love, leave the world while you remain. But Kuebiko brought a lot of joy and will continue to! Thanks for sharing him with us <3

  • 5 months ago

    by Baby Rainbow

    Omg - I just love this character so much!

    Thank you for keeping him alive! I feel like he is an immortal being that will be someone’s friend for always and will always have a purpose.

    I like how you aged him, and Sally, although very surreal to ever think a virus would wipe out so many people in our life time! I think it’s fitting though that he gets to tell a story of something so life changing and what will be historic.

    I truly hope one day to see him in a book or film or cartoon, complete with merchandise and soft toys with all his different outfits!

  • 6 months ago

    by Everlasting

    I remember kuebiko. I fell in love with that character. I liked the introduction of this character the most. The first poem you posted. This is a good continuation specially that it includes what is happening now a days. It’s current to today’s living. Thanks for sharing.

  • 6 months ago

    by cassie hughes

    A beautiful and moving poem which tells such a sad yet all too real story. Glad to see it has already been nominated.

  • 6 months ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    It's ironic that by bringing back this character, we are faced with the loss of his, Sally. But this does, unfortunately, ring true for so many as the current death toll soars. I know couples who have been together for 50/60 years or more, forced apart by illness. It's not always sudden and is often cruel. Dementia and disease are perhaps the cruelest? For Kuebiko, a moment of forgetfulness gave him a brief bittersweet moment.

    Nice to see you back:)

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