Healing and haiku: One parent’s experience with addiction and loss

Pencil sitting in the crease of an open book

Haiku is a form of poetry that can express complex emotions and ideas in a short and simple form.

In his book, “Haiku Snapshots: Reflections on Drug Addiction,” Wally Berger shares haikus detailing the experience of losing a child to opioid addiction. The book is written across the lifetime of his son and recounts both happy and difficult times.

Below are a few examples.


so sweet a baby
no early signs of problem
high expectations

at night he sleeps light
guarding his money and life
living on the edge

he’s a good person
drug addiction not addict
not disease defined

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