Greetings and welcome to The Haiku Pond. A place to ponder life through haiku. My name is Anthony Nanfito and I’m the caretaker of the Pond.
Each season I share haiku written by myself and others. Each episode features haiku centered around a pre-chosen theme. You can learn more at http://thehaikupond.com.
If you’re ready, let’s prepare for our visit. Take a deep breath and dive in.
The theme for this visit is ‘wind’ and will feature haiku written by myself and others.
A Haiku & Reflection from Me
field of flowers bloom
dancing with the wind and sun
lessons from nature
Plants are truly fascinating organisms. Some might say they’re not very exciting since they don’t ever move or leave the location from where they grow. They never see new sights or experience new things, but perhaps there’s a deeper wisdom in remaining in one location or remembering where you’re rooted.
It’s true they remain in one location for their entire existence, but they have learned to dance with the wind and sun—a dance that enriches their existence and ensures their future. In this dance they have found ways to produce food from sunlight. They have learned to use the wind to spread their seed to new places so that the next generation may do the same.
Learning to dance with the wind and sun has allowed whole fields of flowers to come into existence, such as the one that inspired this haiku. And all of this was accomplished without having to leave the location where they grow. They stayed where they were and made the best of their situation.
Many of us think that if we were over there, we would blossom and thrive. Even though the sun blankets the entire earth, we still believe the grass is definitely greener over there. And surely if we were to move to a new place for new experiences, we would be better off than where we are right now.
Sometimes this is indeed true, but what is also true is that no matter where you go, there you are. Just like the flowers rooted in the field, you are always rooted with you. To thrive, you just have to remember to dance with the wind and sun.
This is the lesson I learned from the wind. This is the lesson I learned from this haiku. What lessons have you learned from the wind? Have you learned to dance with the wind and sun? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on the blog or YouTube video, or send an email to thehaikupond at gmail dot com. Hearing your thoughts makes this more of a conversation and I look forward to hearing what lessons you’ve learned.
Listener Submitted Haiku
Now, let’s hear from our listeners. Each haiku will be repeated twice so you can fully immerse yourself within it. If you’d like to submit a haiku for a future episode, please visit thehaikupond.com for details. With that out of the way, let’s begin.
From Pippa Phillips:
in a wall of ivy
From Roberta Beach Jacobson:
From Paul David Mena:
a ghost pushes
a shopping cart
From Tracy Davidson:
a thousand miles …
the sirocco carries dunes
to my door
lost in the echo
From Katherine E Winnick:
trailing in the wind
drifting to an unknown end
a white feather
From Eavonka Ettinger:
a sleeping snail
From Tony Williams:
a gale arrives
in the still of night
… then leaves
From Susan Andrews:
moved by a gentle breeze
my thoughts — humming
From Tunisia Williams:
whispers caressing my ears
secrets never to be told
From petro c. k.:
by an open window
From Uchechukwu Onyedikam:
a reminder to keep
From Hege A. Jakobsen Lepri:
the way the wind
teases the lake’s surface
a stolen kiss
From Chittaluri Satyanarayana:
still lake —
believing in the wind
From Kimberly Kuchar:
from my grandma’s scarf
once a tiny seed
now a whole forest
blown by the wind
From Lucia M Fleváres:
fortune blows its wind
true guises shown: thin-skinned,
strong-chinned, or chagrined?
From Ali Znaidi:
a fan for the moon
Special thanks to all the poets who submitted their haiku for this episode—both to those poets who were featured and those who were not. I was overwhelmed and honored by the amount of haiku submitted for this episode. If time were an unlimited resource, I would love to have read them all. However, since it’s not, I had to make some tough calls and limit the number of haiku featured in this episode.
Regardless if you were featured or not, it was an honor and a pleasure to read the submissions. And of course, I encourage everyone to submit again in the future.
If you’re listening and you’d like to connect with the featured poets in this episode, visit the show notes linked in the description for links to connect with them online.
Theme for Next Time
The theme for our next visit will be ‘fire’ and your haiku need to be submitted by 11:59pm Bangkok Time (GMT +7) on Friday September 9, 2022. You may submit one haiku for this theme. It can be published or unpublished — as long as you retain the rights to share it.
To submit your haiku, follow the link in the description or visit thehaikupond.com and click the red ‘Submit’ button at the top of the page. If you have any trouble, please send an email to thehaikupond [at] gmail (dot) com.
Special thanks to all of those who communicated to me that I made a typo and forgot to change the theme name on the form for this episode. This time, I’ve made sure that the theme is listed as ‘fire’ throughout the form. In case it’s not, feel free to let me know. I greatly appreciate it.
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2 thoughts on “Dancing with the Wind”
My heartfelt appreciation for this podcast, Anthony. I find it a wonderful way to meditate. I feel so honored to have my haiku chosen amongst many of my favorite haikuists.
Oh, my fault for not sending a pronunciation guide, but my first name is four syllables E-a-von-ka. The first one is a long E like in free.
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Thank you for the kind praise. I’m glad your enjoying the podcast AND that you’re finding it as a useful meditation tool. (-:
And thanks for the clarification on how to pronounce your name. I’ll update my notes for any future submissions. (-;