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 anthonynanfito.com/haiku.
If you’re ready, let’s prepare for our visit. Take a deep breath and dive in.
A Haiku & Reflection from Me
Hello folks, Anthony here wishing you a happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time welcoming 2023. I know I had a blast celebrating with friends and family I had not seen in three years.
As you can probably tell from the title of this episode I am back from my break, but I’ve got some news to share. I’ve decided to extend my hiatus indefinitely. My priorities and energies are currently directed in other directions and I can’t dedicate the necessary time to creating, producing, and promoting episodes. Over my break I did some reflecting and I believe this is the best decision for myself and the podcast. I would hate to carry on and produce episodes of subpar quality.
It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to set aside this project. I can’t say for certain if I’ll ever come back to it because the future is inherently unpredictable. And I certainly don’t want to make a promise that I cannot guarantee. The only thing that’s truly guaranteed to any of us is the moment that’s here in front of us. The here and now. Hence, why they call it the present because it truly is a gift. I hope wherever your journey takes you next that you take time to be present, mindful, and soak it all in.
All of the previous episodes of The Haiku Pond will remain up on the various platforms so you can listen to them at your leisure. If you’re interested in keeping in touch, you can always find the most up-to-date information on my personal website at anthonynanfito.com.
Before I go, I have one more haiku to share with you:
life of finitude
lengthens to infinity
by expressing gratitude
So with that in mind, I will leave you with these parting words:
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Thank you for sharing your words with me and letting me share them on a public platform. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time at the pond—I know I have—and I hope you remember the lessons learned from your visits. This podcast grew into something that I never expected and it has brought me a lot of joy to help create it. Thank you so much for your contributions and for listening. Wherever you are in the world take care of yourself and, if you can, someone else.
A Haiku Collection for Pondering Life
My haiku poetry collection is available as an ebook on 10+ retailers worldwide!
This collection contains over 100 haiku and 5 mini essays focused on Mindfulness, Gratitude, Compassion, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive. If you listened to the first season to The Haiku Pond podcast, then some of these haiku will sound familiar. I used the same themes for both the ebook and the podcast. More details here.
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4 thoughts on “A Grateful Goodbye”
I will miss the Haiku pond and its Caretaker. Thank you for all your offerings and your lovely presence and thank you also to all the writers of Haiku shared. Lots of love, Melissa x
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Thanks so much for the kind words, Melissa. I appreciate the feedback and the support. Not sure what my next project will be yet but I know I’ll miss this one.
Best of luck in the new adventure where ever it takes you! I always enjoyed visiting the pond!
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Thanks so much Mark! I’m glad you enjoyed your visits. 😁
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