Posted in April 2018, Haibun, NaPoWriMo 2018

Heritage Place Theatre

Patio

View and listen to

Daily live performances

From the patio

Life at Heritage Place offers peaceful activity.

The large green yard filled with trees and blooming bushes is a perfect stage for local wildlife to gather and perform daily.

Every morning I open my blinds to reveal some new activity outside my window.

Perhaps the pesky squirrel sits poised, picture perfect, holding a peanut that the generous neighbor upstairs tossed down from her deck. She enjoys Mr Squirrel’s antics on stage and applauds him by throwing nuts instead of flowers. I would much prefer she fed the birds instead.

The Matinee yesterday featured a rather large raven splashing in the Birdbath, happily washing away winter’s dust. As I drew near to capture a picture of him sitting there, feathers shining blue in the sun, he chose to fly away before the camera could focus.

My camera and I often have many such “Camera Shy” encounters with the backyard birds, especially the Collared Dove Family. They are a skittish sort. Oh, that they were they more willing to sit and pose as Mr Squirrel does.

Towards evening the stage fills with a symphony of birdsong in the trees. A chorus of Sparrows, Robins, Chickadees,Towhees, Jays, Ravens, and Crows entertain with the Dove headlining.

As the sun lowers to meet the earth, the blinds close once again on nature’s stage just a few footsteps away from my door and I give thanks to my Creator for another day of life.

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 12

Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live. It may be the high sierra, dusty plains, lush rainforest, or a suburbia of tiny, identical houses – but wherever you live, here’s your chance to bring it to life through the charming mix-and-match methodology of haibun

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Posted in Haibun, October 2017

A Timely Message 

Angels
“Live” the angel said

Don’t worry ’bout tomorrow

“Live for today!”

This was a message I needed to hear today. 

My eye surgeries had gone well and I was in the end days of the the healing period. However, the last few days I had been dealing with increasingly irritated eyes and that were especially light sensitive. Nothing seemed to help and It was becoming depressive. I couldn’t read, write, drive, use the computer or even watch TV without them becoming irritated, it felt like my eyes were full of sand. The only way I got any comfort was to lie down and keep them shut. 

Great, I thought. What good is this! I have things to do. What good is it to just be lying around with my eyes shut! 

I began to pray, plead actually, for God to help, to heal, as I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life like this. I am a creative person. I do not like to lie around, I like to be busy doing things. 

I began worrying about the future and just became depressed not even being happy to wake to another day if it was going to be filled with this kind of living because I have always been one who loves the sunshine and looks for the little joys in life, like reading and writing and adventures, if my life wasn’t going to be filled with those things anymore I worried what I would do, and really of what use I would be. 

However, today,  my daughter, grand-daughter and I had a short shopping trip planned which included lunch at a favorite restaurant. I prayed it would be a good day, one that I could enjoy without any eye problems. 

Well, as always God was listening and my eyes seemed to have few problems thankfully. Also, He sent me a very Timely message. 

While in a Thrift Store today I happened to see a little angel figurine and her message spoke to me loud and clear! Inscribed on her were the words “Live” “Live for today.” 

I was reminded once again that I should not be fretting and worrying about the future, but I should be taking one day at a time and trusting God to work all things together for my good, somehow someway, for I am His child and He loves me.  

So thank You God for sending Your heavenly messenger in the form of this little figurine to let me know once again that You are in control and that I should not worry. 

Today I did live and rejoice and my eyes felt better because of it! And, the little angel now belongs to me to remind me everyday to “Live! Live for today!” 

Haibun

Posted in Haibun, June 2017

Yesterday and Today

White fence, trailing red roses,
Though no gardener tends

Even among the thistles

Your beauty shines

Just yesterday the white fence, posing as a trellis, was adorned with wild red roses, which it wore proudly as if poised for a June wedding.

Just yesterday, the white fence patiently waited for a bride to enhance the heady fragrance it wore or perhaps even a June graduate wearing a bright smile under a capped gown to stand tall amid the picturesque scene it and the rose had created.

Never mind, the thistles below nor the high grasses that threatened, its beauty far outweighed them.

The fence was secure, serenely dreaming, enjoying the surrounding beauty of nature.

The Gardener across the way agreed and admired from afar as a wandering Photographer stopped to capture the meeting of color embracing white. Just yesterday this little corner of the world was harmoniously picture perfect.

Today, in the heat of a June afternoon, an angry, overworked young husband, stress weighing heavily upon his shoulders, took up the task of weekend lawn warrior.

In haste to complete his “honey-do” list before the nightly news he changes his little corner of the world with just a pair of clippers and a lawnmower.

The white fence now stands naked among the short grass. rose petals ebbing where thistles grew. The Gardener across the way weeps and wishes for yesterday.

Rose petals ebb

The white fence stands naked

A Gardener weeps

Haibun

Posted in Haibun, October 2016

Old Shoes

old shoes
If old shoes could talk

What a story they could tell

Of places they walked

One by one my shoes are wearing out.

For me, buying shoes is not an easy task as I need a large size with a wide width. Therefore, when I find a pair of shoes that are comfortable I wear them until they basically fall apart, which is what seems to be happening lately. 

As I begun to throw each worn out pair away abit of nostalgia hit me and I was reminded of all I had done in those shoes. Work shoes and dress shoes, they all held many memories within them, but life has changed, those times are past, and they must go, for their purpose has been served. 

New shoes are here

Opportunities await

In each step they take

A new journey starts as I put on my new shoes and bag up these old shoes for disposal. I am looking forward to what each step brings! 

Haibun

Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Success

yellow flowers blooming in rocks
Not just surviving

But blooming, in life’s hard places.

Are you up for it?

Seeing this little bunch of yellow flowers blooming brightly in a crack my daughter’s concrete driveway yesterday prompted this poem.

Previously, I had seen a few of these spritely yellow bursts of color in the green grass of her yard, however today, I happened to notice this little lone trio growing right in the paths of where cars come and go!

I marveled!

Surely at some point they had been run over or knocked down by a car tire, yet here they were standing tall in bloom!

Unlike their relatives in the grass who had been fortunate to receive refreshing drinks and showers from the garden water sprinkler, they had grown up among rocks, dry dirt, and concrete. Yet, they bloomed, and just as brightly.

Facing each new day

With an inner fortitude

To overcome and bloom!
Such a great lesson for us all.

As we face the hard times in life, let’s determine to not just survive them, but to show forth a positive attitude of achievement and success, so others will notice and be encouraged to do the same thru life’s challenges.

Anyone can quit

It’s not hard to just give up

Are you just “Anyone”?

Why should you be a statis quo?

When you can succeed and grow!

Haibun

Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Wish Catcher

dandelion  seed head
She jumped so high!

Dandelion seed floating by.

“Just caught a wish!” she said

I was out shopping yesterday and as I was walking thru the parking lot to my car I saw a young lady suddenly make a giant leap into the air!

“I got it!” she exclaimed to her friends with her.

 I guess they all noticed my wondering, questioning look as I passed by them because the young lady said ” I just caught a wish!”  

She opened her hand to show a dandelion seed.

“It’s magical” said her friend. 

This moment made me smile as I remembered my childhood days of making wishes and blowing dandelion puffs. 

Magical garden

A field of Dandelion puffs

A childhood delight

Haibun

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Feeling Thankful 

small flower
Giving thanks today

For the little things in life

Often gone unnoticed

Today I am thankful I can walk using only a lightweight one point cane. 

Quite a strange thing to be thankful for you might say, but…it sure beats lying in a hospital bed, being unable to walk or having to walk with a walker or a heavy duty 4 point cane, as was previously my case.

Little things we don’t think twice about, daily tasks we do that we often take take for granted, or routine things we do without thought….

Like tying a shoe, or putting a shoe on without using a shoehorn for help.

Or, pulling on a sock, trimming a toenail, bending a knee, taking a shower, washing clothes, carrying out garbage, loading and unloading a dishwasher, reaching up, bending down, sitting in any chair or position for any length of time, dressing and undressing yourself, cooking meals, sweeping a floor, vacuuming a carpet, lifting things, and I could go on and on. Mundane daily tasks for some, great achievements for others…

Appreciating

The little things we often do, 

Frequently overlooked

Two months ago I fell, fractured my hip and had to have surgery. This resulted in me not being able to do all these little things I so often took for granted. Now, as I am regaining the ability to do all these things again, I am finding myself feeling so excited and thankful! For I have come to realize that nothing we do is a “little thing”, it is a blessing and it should be treasured. 

For many can’t do these things because of injury, illness, or some other circumstance. For these individuals, the ability to do one or all of these things would be a great blessing. 

It’s something to think about…

Treasure all you have

Be thankful for all you do

Nothing done is small

Haibun