Fragile #haiku

eda moroshi   hi toshi yaburu    aki no kaze

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

‘Toshi’ refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold on to the Autumn leaves.

I think of an old book

had been read for many ages

so aged, yellow and ripped

as I turned the pages

the words I embraced

for a final time they were read

final dust in my fingertips

 open book

A tree long ago

autumn winds flurry through text

words fragile as twigs

Fragile Twigs – a fine prompt from Kristjaan at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Something Broken #dpchallenge #photography

 

A break in the clouds

no water for California

some things can’t be fixed

 

Something Broken is this week’s DP Photo Challenge

Sadly there is no break in the water shortage in California and farmers are giving up 25 percent of the water they need to grow crops.

Since Cherry Blossoms… #haiku

Inspired by Basho:

since the cherry blossoms
I’ve waited three months to see
the twin-trunk pine

Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

cherry bouquet

memories spill over

cherry blossoms line the path

counting the days

*

cherry daydreams

soft pink decorates the sky

never sated

cherry  haiku

Photography: Moondust Designs 2015

 

This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku “Since Cherry Blossoms” is a reminder that they will return.

Happy are We #poetry

piglet and winnie

we walked down the trail

of hopefuls and dreams

skipping to made-up tunes

holding balloons full of imaginings

the world floated below in color

our feet nudged the puffy sky

there is so much of wonder

let us open our eyes

take my hand as they higher lift 

magical and so much in store

as we rise above the hills

panoramic and so much more

never extinguish mind images

where  children laugh and play

melody bobs with the carousel

we love the ride every day

we walked down the trail

of hopefuls and dreams

skipping to made-up tunes

letting go balloons full of imaginings

Friends

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The prompt at poet’s united midweek motif is Happinesspoets united. What makes you HAPPY???

Thanks to Goodreads for the quotes!

Grace in Haiku

“It’s my pleasure to bring a new episode of Haiku Shuukan. Several weeks ago, we started with Joan Halifax’s G.R.A.C.E and this week it’s about the “A” in G.R.A.C.E. The “A” stands for Attaining to Self Other. ”

fountain

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan:
Attaining to Self-Other:

“Sense without judgment. This is an active process of inquiry, first involving yourself, then the other person. Open a space in which the encounter can unfold, in which you are present for whatever may arise, in yourself and in the other person.”

What to do with this idea in a haiku? I don’t really know, but I have to give it a try:

a young cherry tree
this spring will be the first
to bloom for Buddha

© Chèvrefeuille

Seek and ye shall find

spring waters cleanse winter hearts

eyes open to Grace

©mdw

Thanks to Kristjaan Panneman for a refreshing prompt from Carpe Diem

Envelop Me #poetry #photography

inside envelope

Today, I wrote a letter

tis true

sealed words so dear

but I cannot tell you here

someone might with feelings play

and cruelly give away

for those are cherished

meant for you

sealed and stuck with glue

Today I wrote a letter

tis true

 

 

The Daily Post Photo challenge is Enveloped 

Go Deep #devotion

I just read an article about tears and that they are good for us because they open our hearts! Maybe this poem will make a clear visual:

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

watering eye

I woke in burning pain today

the searing drew me to my knees

tears wash over even now

and I can only pray and plead

My heart heard  nudging from my Lord

“people are suffering all over the world

let pain wake you to the need

petition for the lost, your words I’ll heed”

I woke in burning pain today

I dropped sobbing to my knees

“Oh Lord children suffer it is true

they’ll burn alive without you!!! ”

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out. 
Proverbs 20:5

heart in water

Should I focus on my own suffering or on that of others? The Bible says we will have trouble in this life but isn’t it what we do with the “suffering” that makes a difference? I was reminded as my pain has been escalating of  a time when I chose not to use narcotics to stem the tide. The pain would crash over me in the night and I decided I might as well pray. This went on for months (then years). I learned by praying for others that my pain would lessen and like an analgesic I would (eventually) fall back to sleep. These are troublesome times – Do we anesthetize our lives or do we walk on hot coals with fellow sufferers? May ours tears soften our hearts to hear the cries of those lost in the night…

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Romans 8:18

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. “

1 Peter 4:12

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