A broken down car

Give & Forgive #97

A broken down car
A neighbor offers a ride
It takes a village

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

Over the past 500 years, more and more of us have moved into urban areas as our primary places of residence. In 2016, 53% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. In countries like the U.S. and Japan over 80% of the population lived in urban areas (source). This trend is only expected to increase in the future (source). In other words, more and more of us are going to be living in urban areas than ever before.

This is quite different from how our ancestors lived; they (generally) didn’t travel or live far from where they were born or live far away from family. They existed in highly socialized, tribal groups in local communities. This is quite different from the modern way most people live in urban areas: alone, with a partner, or as a single family unit.

This creates a kind of isolation that is detrimental to a tribal species whose survival depends on socialization and living in close-knit familial groups. And as we all learned during the covid-19 pandemic, living in isolation can have a few negative psychological consequences. Of course, we can (and most do) combat these consequences by joining groups in our local urban areas that align with our hobbies, interests, or beliefs. 

As the world becomes more urbanized I think this will become more vital to our overall health and wellbeing, but it will also be necessary for our social dynamics. In particular, we’ll need to remind ourselves—or rather, train ourselves—that the co-inhabitants around us are more likely to be friends than foes.

One hopes this is especially true of neighbors. You never know when they’ll be there to lend you a hand or give you a ride. 

This haiku reminds me that we all need a little help every now and again. And if we want to ensure our continued success as a species, then we’ll need to remember that it takes all of us. It takes a village.

A Question for You to Ponder

What’s something you can do to help out a neighbor?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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Mother Earth gives all

Give & Forgive #93

Mother Earth gives all
Land, sea, air—create our home
Let’s give back to her

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

Happy Earth Day! Today—indeed, every day—is a day to celebrate the amazing gift that Mother Earth has provided for us: life. 

Last week I wrote about the amazingness of trees and how they provide both carbon capturing and breathable oxygen. This week I want to extend that focus of appreciation toward the entire planet and the beautiful (yet delicate) ecosystems that inhabit this planet of ours. 

Without it we wouldn’t be here—I wouldn’t be here to write the post, or haikus, or stories, or do much of anything really. 

After you’re done reading, I encourage you to go out and find a way to give back to Mother Earth. Even if it’s as simple as taking a nature walk to appreciate the diversity of life that exists on this planet. Bonus points if you pick up trash or plant a tree along the way!

Okay, that’s all from me. Go out there and give back to Mother Nature. Go on. Don’t be shy.

A Question for You to Ponder

How can (or did) you give back to Mother Nature?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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A silent goodbye

Love & Loss #76

Plastic shields divide
Respirators pump and press
A silent goodbye

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

I originally published this haiku to my Instagram account (haikubyfifi) on January 15, 2021. I shared it in response to a news update I heard via NPR about the rising cases of deaths in the U.S. due to the covid-19 pandemic.

It’s been over two years since the covid-19 virus first appeared on the world stage and a lot has changed since then, but I still think about those who were lost (or lost someone) during this pandemic. As of this writing (April 17, 2022) there have been over 988,560,000 total deaths in the U.S. and 6.2 million total deaths worldwide (Source: ourworldindata.org).

Behind each of those numbers was a person with a family and friends. Thinking about them reminded me of this haiku I wrote. When I wrote it, I was thinking about how difficult it must have been to personally suffer and lose something from this virus, especially in the beginning.

Oftentimes—due to the spread of the virus—the early losses in this pandemic died behind plastic walls, away from loved ones and without the touch of another human being to comfort them as they parted this life. It’s truly tragic and my heart goes out to all of the people around the globe who have suffered because of covid-19 and its fallout.

The virus is still out there and while it seems like things are under control, we know from the second half of 2021 (and from the pandemic as whole) that the world is inherently unpredictable and random. For some, this might cause a sense of panic, but for me it reminds me of the value of the present moment. The value of honoring today and those we share it with because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. 

Wherever you are in the world, keep washing those hands with soap and water, and stay safe.

A Question for You to Ponder

What’s your favorite way to be present with those you love?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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A couple walks outside

Love & Loss #71

A couple walks outside
A child grows into adulthood
Moments come and go

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

Human existence is an odd, paradoxical thing: it’s both finite and infinite. It’s composed of a near infinite number of moments that—when put together—create an entire life that is our existence, our essence, our being.

Yet, we don’t always honor these moments that comprise our being. In our modern, fast-paced, ‘tweet now, think later’ world it’s easy to miss out on the moments that really count. 

Slowing down and being present in the moment is something that I’ve been working on developing the past several years—a challenging, but worthwhile task. It’s not always easy, especially when a lot of the modern, technological world is specifically designed to hijack your brain’s attention and redirect it to something else—oftentimes toward something you might not actually need or want. 

But we do have the power to take back our attention with a few simple tactics. We can change our notification settings on our devices to make them less intrusive and attention-grabbing (or delete intrusive apps altogether). We can practice mindfulness habits, meditation, journaling, nature walks, … the list goes on and on. 

It’s not always easy to redesign our lives and we each have to do it in a way that suits our lifestyle, but the effects can change our life dramatically. If we take the time to redesign our life to move at a slower pace and have more control of our attention, then we’ll have more time to do the things we love and share moments with those we love.

It gives us time to appreciate what we have right in front of us. We can live an entire lifetime in a single moment—bringing us back to the paradoxical nature of human existence; we can make a finite amount of time feel infinite. It all starts with slowing down and pausing in those moments that come and go.

A Question for You to Ponder

What are the small moments in your day that you can share with those you love?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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The trees respirate

Gratitude #47

The trees respirate
Breathing in bad and out good
Earth’s lungs, human’s breath

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

When you look at a tree what do you see? Do you see the bark? The branches? The leaves? Or do you see a column of carbon, gathered from the air, and stored in the organism we call a tree. I see all of that of course, but it’s the last interpretation that strikes me the deepest. 

These are amazing organisms that spend their entire lives in a single location—collecting water from the ground, carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and radiation from the sun to make the food they need to live. As a byproduct they release oxygen into the atmosphere. A necessity for us humans (and most living creatures on Earth) to survive. Yet, we don’t always appreciate this gift the trees give us. 

These organisms—trees—are not just for climbing, reading a book under, plucking fruit from, or chopping down to use their materials. They are literally the storage of carbon from the air—the same carbon in the copious amounts of carbon dioxide we’ve been putting into the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution. Meanwhile, we continue to cut down forests around the world and are doing little to ensure the protection and restoration of forests

Right now, we’re in a rush to develop new technologies like carbon sequestering, electric vehicles, and smart power grids

As the climate crisis continues to escalate and we are doing our best to prevent carbon dioxide (and other harmful greenhouse gasses) from entering the atmosphere and trying to design ways to capture it, I think we have forgotten the great gift already given to us by nature: trees. 

Not only do they provide the clean air we need to breath, but they (quite literally) suck the dangerous greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in their leaves, trunks, and roots. Some species of trees can live for thousands of years. 

This is a huge advantage in fighting the climate crisis because carbon dioxide can take between 300 to 1000 years to breakdown. Which doesn’t seem too bad until you remember that this amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is cumulative and we continue to add more and more. 

Imagine what an entire forest of these trees could do to sequester that carbon dioxide? Imagine if we all rushed out to plant trees like we rush out our front doors to grab the packages delivered to our doorstep. Imagine.

With all of this in mind, we not only need to protect our trees, but our entire planet. Earth is our home—it always has been and always will be. We need to take care of it in the same way that it has nurtured us. 

That means doing everything we can—both as individuals and nation-states—to reduce our carbon (and other greenhouse gas) emissions, protecting and restoring our natural ecosystems (such as forests), and finding new ways to build a society that is sustainable and equitable for every living creature on this planet—human, tree, or otherwise.

If you’re looking for a way to take action and help, consider celebrating Earth Day on April 22. Since 1970 this has been an annual event to demonstrate support of environmental protection and has grown into a global movement. If you plan to plant any trees, be sure to make sure that they’re native to the local ecosystem and not an invasive species. We want to solve the current problem, not create new ones. (-; 

The climate crisis—I fully admit—might seem like an insurmountable task that we’ll never overcome, but if we give up hope then we’ll never even have the chance to overcome it. On my darkest days when I fear there’s no hope in eliminating this crisis and I feel like giving up, I try to think about the descendants who will come after us—who will inherit the Earth we give them just as we inherited the Earth given to us—and how much pride they will have in us (as their ancestors) for accepting the call to action to end this crisis. 

It’s going to take a lot of hard work and it’s going to take all of us working together—a thought that is difficult to hold when we see so much conflict within humanity around the globe today. However, I think humanity’s capabilities of cooperation and compassion are our superpowers. 

It was the cooperation and compassion of our ancestors that has allowed for the construction of the massive civilization and society we now live in. And it is that cooperation and compassion that will bring us forward in overcoming the climate crisis to build a sustainable and equitable world that our descendants will be proud to inhabit and pass on to their descendants. 

These are the thoughts I ponder as I read this haiku and walk amongst the columns of carbon. I hope they’ve given you something to ponder and inspiration to take action.

A Question for You to Ponder

What’s something you can do to show Earth you’re grateful for the gift of life it’s given you?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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The meal on my plate

Gratitude #46

The meal on my plate
A lot of hands helped create
Body, soul—nourished

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

I probably not supposed to admit this, but I’m going to anyway: this is one of my favorite haiku I’ve written. It expresses a thought that often crosses my mind when I eat meal.

In our modern world with our grand supply chain lines—that conveniently deliver our food from farms around the world to market shelves in our local neighborhoods to our very own tables—it can be easy to forget all of the hands that had a making it.

There’s the farm worker who planted, tended, and harvested the crop.

The loaders who packed the delivery truck to send the crop to a distribution center.

The distribution worker who cleaned and prepared the crop for distribution to grocery stores.

The loaders who load up the delivery truck.

The delivery truck driver who takes the crop to the grocery store.

The grocery store worker who unloads the truck.

The grocery store worker who stocks the shelves.

Your own hands who grab it from the shelf, take it home, and prepare your meal.

All of these hands—yours and theirs—contribute to bring you this food that provides nourishment for the body and soul. This is the series of thoughts that pass through my head when I eat a meal.

And whether I made the meal myself or there were addition hands at a restaurant who prepared it for me, I feel gratitude surge up inside me, especially when I consider all the mouths—both past and present—that don’t have easy access to food.

A Question for You to Ponder

How do you express gratitude for the food you eat?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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Spiders in corners

Compassion #27

Spiders in corners
Their webs collecting insects
Two helpful roommates

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

I used to be extremely fearful of spiders. Well, to be honest, I’m not BFFs with them, but I have been able to expand my compassion toward them. You might say I’m less fearful and more cautious admirer.

In this haiku, I remember observing two spiders—daddy-longlegs spiders or cellar spiders—in the corners of my apartment. I had noticed that in the web they had captured a few flying insects; pests to me but dinner to them.

Overtime, as I saw this again and again, I began to see them more as helpful roommates rather than threats to my well-being. In fact, they were performing a service for me: some of those captured insects were mosquitos.

I know somewhere deep in my brain—cultivated through thousands of years of evolution—my instinct tells me to runaway or stomp on these tiny, eight-legged creatures, but now I do my best to stop, slow down, and appreciate these eight-legged friends.

Like all living things they play a small role in the larger ecosystem of Earth and are a part of the same network of life I inhabit. So as long as they’re not causing me any harm, I permit them to stay in the corners of my apartment.

A Question for You to Ponder

Have you ever changed your opinion about something?
If so, how did it change and what caused it to change?

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I step out the door

Compassion #21

I step out the door
The snail is on its commute
Paths cross but no crunch

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

When I wrote this haiku, I was teaching English at a private Catholic school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As part of my employment I was permitted to stay in the teacher dormitories on campus for free for the first three months of employment.

On the particular morning that I wrote this haiku I was stepping out of my dorm building and heading to the main section of campus. On my way I saw a snail who was walking (er … sliding?) across the path that lay before me.

As we both made our way, I let my imagination wander and wondered to myself what does this snail do for work? Is it heading to work like I am? What was a typical day of work for a snail?

With each step I rode on an imaginary thought train as I pondered the daily lives of snails. Each step took me further from my reality in to the reality of snail’s life—but not so far from my own reality that I wasn’t mindful of where I placed my large, 13-US sized feet. Hence, the line in the haiku about paths crossing, but no crunching.

Before long the snail and I were several meters apart and I was drawn back to my reality as I approached the school’s main campus. My imaginings of a snail’s daily life drifted from my thoughts as agendas and lesson plans took their place.

A Question for You to Ponder

How do you express compassion toward yourself?
How do you express it toward others?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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The featured haiku in this post is from my haiku collection, Haiku Ponderings. This collection features over 100 haiku centered around the themes of Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive.

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Haiku Ponderings: Now Available in Paperback

I am pleased to announced that my haiku collection, Haiku Ponderings, is now available in paperback via Amazon’s print-on-demand service. The paperback version can be purchased via Amazon.com in the following countries:

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Haiku Ponderings

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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The Haiku Pond

A place to ponder life through haiku. Through this podcast we’ll explore how haiku can help us live more meaningful lives today; how to stay mindful in a fast-paced and chaotic world, appreciate the simple things, and practice compassion.

Each episode focuses on a theme with haiku submitted by poets of all levels from around the world. Let’s dive into the pond!

Early morning walk

Mindfulness #8

Early morning walk
The sun has not yet risen
The silence still reigns

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering this haiku

I still remember where I was when I wrote the haiku. I was staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in early 2020. The two-story, multi-family home was located in a suburb on the Northern side of the city and I was staying in one of the upstairs rooms rented out to travelers via AirBnB.

While staying there each morning I would wake up early (between 5am and 6am local time) and go for a morning walk. This being my usual wake up time (yes, I’m an early bird) and the coolest part of the day (I was in Malaysia after all) was the optimal time for a walk.

Most mornings it was just I who wondered through the quiet neighborhood (aside from the birds fluttering from tree to tree), just beginning to be lit by the morning sun. One side of the neighborhood brushed up against a highway. When I started my walk the highway was quiet, but when I finished my walk it was buzzing with morning commuters.

During these silent solo walks, before the commuters bustled out of their homes, there’s a certain kind of silence that you don’t hear during other parts of the day. It’s different from the silence of the evening or the midnight hours. It has a peaceful serenity wrapped up in it as well as unlimited potential. This silence screams of all the possibilities the day can bring.

These morning walks were often part of my morning routine which usually involved yoga, meditation, a workout, and—of course—writing. It was in this morning silence where I felt I had the freedom (and the space) for my mind to expand. Expand into new, unexplored realities. Expand into new, unthought of reflections. Expand into old memories.

Sometimes I would bring a small notebook with me to write down ideas, poems, or haiku that came to me during these walks. Other times I would write these down after I returned from my walk—while I enjoyed my breakfast and morning tea.

I have to admit I miss these mornings. I have now moved away from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (sadly, the pandemic cut my trip short) and my current occupation does not allow for such a leisurely start to the day, but I am eternally grateful I had the opportunity to visit and gain new insights about myself and the world. All because I took the time to engage in these morning solo walks of silence.

To this day, walks (especially in nature) are an important part of my creative process and my overall well-being. Each time I go for a walk I do my best to be present and listen carefully. I never know what I might hear from the silence.

A question for you to ponder

What do you hear in silent moments?
What do they teach you about yourself or the world?

Share your answer in the comments below.


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Haiku Ponderings

The featured haiku in this post is from my haiku collection, Haiku Ponderings. This collection features over 100 haiku centered around the themes of Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive.

In celebration of (U.S.) National Poetry Month, my collection is discounted for a promotion price of $0.99 from Fri April 1, 2022 to Sat April 30, 2022 on the following retailers. Follow the link below to download your copy today!


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