on horseback

making a silent bow…

thin mist

~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

On an afternoon walk, we came upon an end-of-school celebration at a local park.  As I wandered about the carnival setting, memories of past transitions that included a sense of freedom came to mind.  Freedom to play, to explore, to be…  My summers were a time in which I was allowed to roam over hills and through meadows, to swim in rivers and creeks, and to reenact storybook characters.  No television, no internet, no social media…just freedom to play in an landscape that extended far beyond the horizon.

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Continual…frequently recurring…a service disrupted by continual breakdowns.

Within the shadows of today’s political discord and emotional-driven social media postings, there is a continual theme I have encountered in the past several weeks…a grass-root movement providing a basic need…food.  No, not $1,000,000-3,000,000 weekend golfing trips or $50,000 jackets…food, simple, over-the-counter food.

The first time was the poster in my doctor’s office which informed patients, “we have food if you need.”  The second was an alteration to the random small wooden book exchanges that invite neighbors to share books; that is, the Lutheran Trinity Church offers…a mini food pantry.

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just being alive

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and the poppy

~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

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“We humans have talented artist, but how can our paintings compare to your masterpiece of the four seasons? How could we ever paint such a compelling dawn or create a more radiant dust? We have great composers, but how can our music compare to your celestial harmony with the Sun and planets-or to the sound of the rising tide? We have great heroes and heroines who have endured wars, hardship, and dangerous voyages, but how can their bravery compare to your great forbearance and patience…” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth

submitted in response to Lost in Translation’s photo challenge.