Walking in the field

Mindfulness #6

Walking in the field
A dragonlfy hovers near
And the grass whispers

Pondering This Haiku

Have you ever listened to the grass? What did it tell you?

When I go for a nature walk and immerse myself in the greenery and listen to the wisdom of nature, a calmness washes over me that’s best described by the word serenity.

In this state, my problems—indeed the world’s problems—drift away. Nature reminds me there’s more to be gained in the present moment than what can be gleaned from dreaming (or dreading) about potential futures.

This practice—both nature walks and writing haiku—has helped remind me of the importance of being mindful.

If I wasn’t mindful, would I have heard the humming of the dragonfly? Would I have heard the whispers of the grass? Would I have heard the wisdom bestowed upon me by nature? Probably not.

A Question for You to Ponder

What wisdom have you learned from listening to nature?

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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Stuck in the Present

Throughout the month of April, I’ll be sharing blog posts that feature haiku from my poetry collection, Haiku Ponderings to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Further, for the entire month of April, my ebook is discounted for a promotion price of $0.99 (USD) to celebrate National Poetry Month. Click here to choose your favorite retailer and download your copy today.

To start off the celebrations, below you can read an excerpt from the Introduction of my haiku collection. Happy reading!


Haiku Ponderings: Introduction

During the year of 2020, writing haiku each day helped me stay grounded in a world that seemed to be falling apart. It gave me a moment to be present and think about what I value, what is important to me, and how to give back to others. It is amazing what can be revealed to you in seventeen syllables. As much as I wanted the world to calm down and go back to the calmness that came before, haiku gave me an anchor to hold onto and ride out the waves.

In the universe we inhabit, the laws of physics forbid me from changing my temporal position—other than permanently forward—in the space-time continuum (as much as it would be interesting to do so). It leaves me trapped here in the present moment, yet I do not always exist here. Often, I find myself thinking about the future and what is to come. It is one of the many reasons I love reading and writing future-based science fiction. Yet, I have often caught myself dwelling and reliving events of the past too—both joyful and melancholy moments. But the truth is, I—like all other creatures on this planet—am a being of the present moment. Trapped in the here and now by the laws of the universe. Slowly moving forward toward the unknowable future.

However, being trapped in the present is not such a terrible thing. Through writing haiku, I have learned what counts most of all is the present moment. The moment of here and now. Since we are forever trapped here—and we never get a redo—we must appreciate the current moment and give more attention to it. That is, we must make the most of it.

In writing the haiku for this book, I have attempted to capture the energy of these priceless moments that are experienced only once, but get to be relived again and again in memoriam. I hope they inspire you to appreciate each and every moment you experience and to be more present with everything that exists around you.

Enclosed within the book, you will find over one hundred haiku and five mini essays—or ponderings—focused on the topics of Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive. At the end of each chapter I have left questions for you to ponder. There is no obligation for you to answer them, unless you want to. Their purpose is to offer you a moment of self-reflection as you think about your own life and how to live it with more mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude. In that spirit, here is the first haiku:

Stuck in the present
Forever moving forward
We live in the now

A Question for You to Ponder

How do you think about time? Are you an object of time’s whims? Or do you move and flow throughout time?

Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.


Book Promo for National Poetry Month

Elephant statue in a garden waving hi to you

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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Book Promo for National Poetry Month

UPDATE: Haiku Ponderings is now available in paperback in 10 countries via Amazon print-on-demand. See this blog post for more details.
(NOTE: Book promo price only applies to ebook links below.)


In celebration of (U.S.) National Poetry month my haiku collection, Haiku Ponderings, is discounted for a promotion price of $0.99 from Fri April 1, 2022 to Sat April 30, 2022 on the following retailers:


Elephant statue in a garden waving hi to you

Haiku Ponderings: A Haiku Collection for Pondering Life

This collection contains over 100 haiku and 5 mini essays focused on Mindfulness, Gratitude, Compassion, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive. If you’ve been listening to The Haiku Pond podcast, then these probably sound familiar to you. I used the same themes in the podcast and the ebook.

Follow the link to get your copy today!


The Haiku Pond

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Bye For Now: The Haiku Pond is on Hiatus

The final episode of Season 2 of The Haiku Pond has been posted and that’s all for now, folks. I’ll be taking a break from this project to focus on some other writing projects. Keep an eye on my blog and the Pond’s mailing list for updates.

If you’ve missed any episodes you can find them on the Episode Archive page or wherever you get your podcasts:

Thank you poets!

A big thank you to all the poets who contributed to the podcast. It was an honor to read your poems and have them featured on the podcast. Without I’d just be ranting into my pillow fort recording studio so I greatly appreciate you lending your poems to the chorus of voices that is The Haiku Pond.

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Beginnings



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My Haiku & Reflections

Screams and cries echo
Baby wrapped in a bundle
A small start of life


We humans all start our life the same: small. Yet, we have the ability to grow into so many different individuals. Granted, some outcomes are dependent on where you are born and what gender you are assigned at birth.

Regardless, there are those who transcend these outcomes and expectations. As the world continues to grow, develop, and progress toward a better state of being we are seeing countless examples of how all humans are the same and capable of amazing things; particularly overcoming great adversity.

The past two years of dealing with a global pandemic have been a once in a lifetime experience for all of us. It’s one of the few events — in the history of humanity — that we humans have felt collectively. It’s something we shared with each other across screens, tweets, and podcasts.

We all had our pandemic project. This one was mine. I started it as an experiment to try out a podcast, share haiku with others, and promote my haiku collection. I tried my best not to have any expectations for what would come out of it. Thankfully, I was both humbled and surprised by what came out of it.

I wasn’t expecting so many people to listen to the podcast. As of this recording (Dec 10, 2021), there have been 724 total listens or downloads with each episode getting an average of 30 listens or downloads in over 17 different countries around the globe.

I am eternally humbled and gratified by this. I can tell you I had plenty of self-defeating thoughts during the making of both seasons of this podcast. I kept thinking, “No one wants to hear about haiku or hear me dither about my random philosophies on life.” But apparently you do and I’m grateful that you came to the Pond to listen.

That was how this “small bundle” of a podcast started and like so many things in life, I’m not sure where it’s going in the future. Personally, I’m about to make some big life changes — moving back to the States and starting a new career. I’m not sure how or when I’ll be able to make more episodes.

For now, I will leave it as it is and take a break. All of the episodes will continue to be available wherever you’ve listened to them. I’ve also created a playlist of them on my YouTube channel. Visit thehaikupond.com to learn where to listen.

This isn’t so much an ending as it is a beginning. With each door that closes, a new one opens. With each new birth, a new life begins with endless possibilities. That is the lesson I take from this haiku.

I’ll be setting this project aside to work on a new beginning for myself, but when I revive it at a later date I’d love to have you along for the next journey. I encourage you to sign up for the mailing list at haikupond.ck.page or follow podcast on Twitter @TheHaikuPond. Those places, along with my website, will be where future updates can be found.

Thank you so much for listening. And a very special thank you to all of the poets who contributed to this project — both in Season 1 and Season 2. It’s been a humbling journey filled with gratitude and I hope the same for you.

Featured Haiku & Poets

From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
to nurture dim light
to comfort fragile seedlings,
what thing(s) must you drown?


From Foal Poetry on IG as foalpoetry:
Life enters the world
In the same building it leaves
Always occurring


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
it takes tragedy
for us to begin to see
the error of our ways


From Michele Wong on TW as meaning_filled:
songbirds in her mouth
feed piquant plums to my heart
sweet autumn love notes


From Christina Chin at haikuzyg.blogspot.com:
cry of a fawn
strayed from the doe
summer mountain


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
Life is a journey
Today is your wedding day
Your new life begins


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Dawn cracks violet,
Darkness shrinks back to shadows;
Mist starts to dissolve


From huwanahoy on IG & TW as huwanahoy:
There is no more spark
Must be the end for that match
Go light another


From Mona Bedi:
bus ride
the way my eyes lock
with a stranger’s


From Zahra Mughis on TW as ZahraScribbles & IG as instalogbyzahra:
the reds
of grating carrots
first snow


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Seasons



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The theme for this episode is Seasons.

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My Haiku & Reflections

Seasons of life pass
Transitions get easier —
When lessons are learned


When most people think of seasons, I’m guessing their mind goes first to the seasons of the weather. But I also think about the seasons of life. A season for each stage of life; adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and elder adulthood.

The transition between these stages is slow and gradual over time. Similar to the seasons of the weather. From Winter to Spring, the temperature gradually warms over time and before you know it Summer is here.

A child is born and gradually grows over time, developing both physically and mentally as the years go by, and before you know it that child is now an adult.

Some might say these seasons of life don’t repeat themselves, like the seasons of the weather, however I think they do. As humans it’s quite easy for us to step back into an earlier stage or sometimes step forward into a future stage.

Imagine a parent who learns their own child is to be a parent. The grandparent can vicariously live out the stages of infancy, early childhood, and adolescence through their grandchild.

Of course, you don’t have to be a parent or grandparent to re-experience these early stages of life. They can be activated by engaging in play, fun, and learning — the same activities we so easily engaged in as children, but struggle with as adults.

Or there’s the alternative. We’ve all faced the circumstances of life where we must act older than we are, be more responsible than expected of ourselves.

And through all this, what amazes me the most, is the flexibility and adaptability we humans have in navigating through, in, and around these seasons of life. By no means is that flexibility and adaptability always easy, but people do it. Every. Single. Day. It’s quite fantastic.

As we navigate through these seasons we pick up lessons. When that first cold day of winter begins, we remember to grab a coat the next. Or when that first light of summer stings the skin, we remember to wear a hat and grab our sunglasses.

As we navigate the seasons of life, we pick up lessons too. We learn to better cope with the unpredictable circumstances of life. And this is the lesson I take from this haiku. What are the lessons you’ve learned as you’ve navigated the seasons of life?

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Featured Haiku & Poets

From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
slight wind shakes the oak,
insistent invitation
nearly forgotten


From Foal Poetry on IG as foalpoetry:
Leaves change, weather cools
Mind stuck in the summertime
Pandemic time warp


From Linda M. Crate on Twitter as thysilverdoe & on IG as authorlindamcrate:
as a flower dies
white diamonds falling heavy
winter is cruel.


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
autumn leaf falling
catches one last ray of sun
earth, tree, sky are one


From Michele Wong on TW as meaning_filled:
winter air is a
book of winds; breathe, take in each
snowfall hum of earth


From Charlotte Reynolds on twitter as violetvicinity:
summer rain
the wedding party crashed
by snails


From Christina Chin at haikuzyg.blogspot.com:
how delightful
the perky pansies nod in
spring wind


From Ryan Gibbs on Twitter as RyanGibbsWriter:
warmed by maiden love
the forbidding ice troll melts
back into a prince


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
Summer equinox
The days are growing shorter
With each passing day


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Leaves drooping, dying;
Last of the energy used
To flower the bud


From Mallory Rowe on IG as malloryroweauthor:
Autumn wind escorts
A funeral procession
Of dead leaves past me


From Kati Mohr on IG as pi.and.anne:
on the path
as we stand still
a purple mushroom


From Lisbeth Ho on Facebook as Elisabeth Holidaya:
smell of cinnamon
from grandma’s kitchen
autumn’s delight


From Mona Bedi:
autumn night
more stars than leaves
forest walk


From Zahra Mughis on TW as ZahraScribbles & IG as instalogbyzahra:
playing with the wind
her curly red hair
another leaf flies by


From David Thorndale on IG as davidthorndale:
a perfect birthday —
the flavor of autumn wind
in a slice of cake


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Stigma



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The theme for this episode is Stigma.

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My Haiku & Reflections

A mark placed upon thee
So all may know your blemish
Visible justice


In ancient Greece, a stigma was a literal mark — either burned or tattooed — on the skin to mark those who were slaves, criminals, or traitors.

Today, few may practice this physical marking of a stigma, but a non-physical, metaphorical practice still happens.

Both are the act of something being placed upon you from an external source with the intention of carrying out justice. The goal is to right a wrong, but the opposite is true: a wrong is created.

It’s not the visible justice we think it is. Quite the opposite. It’s an invisible injustice that only leaves our fellow humans in vulnerable positions. And when one of us is vulnerable, all of us are vulnerable.

Stigmatizing others is a form of human tribalism. In our modern world where we know and understand the human psyche better than our ancestors, this tactic does not serve the interests of the victim nor that of the perpetrator.

We are communal creatures that rely on each other to survive. We have to remember it is our compassion and cooperation that will help build a stable society, not stigmatization. This seems more crucial now more than ever because of the global reach of our society; we’re not only affecting our own stability but that of the entire planet’s ecosystem. We must — and we can — do better.

That’s the lesson I take from this haiku. What lessons have you learned from stigma? As always, you can send your thoughts to thehaikupond (at) gmail (dot) com.

Featured Haiku & Poets

From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
discharged from the ward,
I view the world with new eyes
seeking what I’ve lost


From Linda M. Crate on Twitter as thysilverdoe & on IG as authorlindamcrate:
when shamed for something
you cannot control or stop
becomes exhausting.


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
one day I will break
but before that day arrives
I will get stronger


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
Hate causes some lies
Wanting to destroy others
Characters ruined


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Prohibited love;
How can people be against
Two happy people?


From Mona Bedi:
gerascophobia
the facial fillers
fail to help


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Shame



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The theme for this episode is Shame.

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My Haiku & Reflections

I want to be me
You tell me that I cannot
I hide in darkness


To feel shame is to feel guilt or impropriety about something we said or did. We learn this from signals sent to us by others, either through their own actions or words.

In some instances, this can be a good thing. For example, if you say something hurtful to someone else and then you’re admonished, or made to feel shame about it, the hope is that you’ll not repeat the same error.

However, like so many things we humans do, this can act like a double-edged sword and can act against our best interests. We can be shamed for things we have no control over, like the family or place we were born into, or for simply choosing to be our true, authentic self.

And when this happens we often choose to hide in darkness, first as a means of protection, but it eventually evolves into a prison — a prison of our own making, the worst kind. Breaking out of this prison is hard, but not impossible. And it starts in the very darkness where we’re trapped.

In that dark place, like in any place, we have to be mindful. Mindful of what we’re feeling and how we’re thinking. When we’re mindful we can then adjust the course of our well-being, particularly that of our inner world.

Shame can be useful just as it can be harmful. Only when we’re mindful can we discern the difference. In that mindful state, we can ask ourselves how this is serving us? Or what it is telling us?

All emotions — regardless of how you categorize them, positive or negative — are information. It is the information our brain is providing to us and we have to use it accordingly.

More precisely, our emotions, thoughts, and feelings are signals to us. They tell us something about our state of being, or even the environment we’re in. By being mindful can we tune in to what they’re telling us.

Shame is no different from any other emotion we might feel. It is a signal to us about our inner or outer world. And when we’re mindful of its presence and the signal it sends to us, we can act accordingly to ensure the stability of our inner well-being and the safety of our outer well-being.

This is the lesson I take from this haiku. As always, you can share your thoughts by sending an email to thehaikupond (at) gmail (dot) com.

Featured Haiku & Poets

From Mona Bedi:
first day of school
the boy brings home
an extra pencil


From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
those attempts to wound
the fabric of my soul gave
me more room to breathe


From Linda M. Crate on Twitter as thysilverdoe & on IG as authorlindamcrate:
someone is angry
another won’t admit fault
neither will know peace.


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
when others do wrong
it’s because I have failed them
though I knew better


From Charlotte Reynolds on twitter as violetvicinity:
dawn chorus
the milkman cries
over spilled milk


From Christina Chin at haikuzyg.blogspot.com:
panic at the car park
fumbling to unlock
a mistaken car


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
You are different
Don’t let people cause you shame
Embrace uniqueness


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Your mouth full of ash,
Achievements crumbled to dust;
Then I’ll be avenged


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Dreams



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The theme for this episode is Dreams.

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My Haiku & Reflections

Swirling coffee and
The leftover dream fragments
A morning routine


Humans are not the only animals that dream during the REM – Rapid Eye Movement — cycle of sleep. Scientists and researchers have evidence documenting that other animals — such as dogs, cats, rats, even some reptiles — also engage in some form of dreaming during this REM cycle of sleep.

This common practice connects us to our animal friends, but it’s still uncertain how complex dreams are for them. For humans, given our ability to produce complex language, we can express the complex ideas in our dreams which lets us share them with others.

Further, we not only have this ability to dream during sleep, but also during our waking hours. We can plan for a future outcome that does not exist yet and, with a little luck, we can make it reality. This is the power of dreams — whether they exist in our sleep or over our morning coffee. They’re our super power. They propel us forward to make a better future or remind us that some paths are best not taken.

This is the lesson I take from this haiku. If you have a dream you want to share with me, feel free to send an email to thehaikupond (at) gmail (dot) com.

Featured Haiku & Poets

From Mona Bedi:
dark night
the morning glory and I
dreaming


From Lisbeth Ho on Facebook as Elisabeth Holidaya:
a boy is dreaming
dragon swallowing the sun
pizza’s aroma


From Staci b on IG as staciinyourpocket:
Desire. Imagine.
Believe your own fairytale.
Dreams turn into life.


From huwanahoy on IG & TW as huwanahoy:
Loved ones we have lost
Visit in dreams, leaving us
With sweet memories.


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Haunting music box,
Melodies of memory
Play throughout my dreams


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
Look to horizon
To far and away places
Adventures await


From Christina Chin at haikuzyg.blogspot.com:
waking
from a dream
reruns in my head


From Charlotte Reynolds on twitter as violetvicinity:
insomnia
night owl becomes
early bird


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
how far are the stars
their light from so long ago
still sparking dreams


From Linda M. Crate on Twitter as thysilverdoe & on IG as authorlindamcrate:
a mermaid waving
as dawn crashes into me
only i know her.


From Foal Poetry on IG as foalpoetry:
Far off worlds and lands
So strange yet familiar
Close your eyes and dream


From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
Dreams take me higher
than my waking life allows —
the paths merge for me


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Connections



Theme

The theme for this episode is connections.

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My Haiku & Reflections

A tiny virus
Follows human connections
Global pandemic


If the covid-19 pandemic is to teach us anything it shows us just how interconnected we all are and how seemingly small things can have a very big impact.

In fact, this idea of small things having a big impact is not limited to viruses. I’ve seen this idea expressed in books such as Atomic Habits and Nudge. If a tiny virus like covid-19 can have such an impact on humanity, think of what you or I could do with small changes to our own life? How would these tiny changes affect our lives and those around us?

In Ancient Greece it was Aristotle who said, “You are what you habitually do.” Speaking for myself, over the years I have put in a tremendous effort to focus on daily habits. This was only reinforced after I read Atomic Habits by James Clear.

As an example, over the past few months I’ve been taking daily walks and I’ve been practicing a short 10-minute yoga stretch routine first thing in the morning.

Both of these practices have helped increase my core strength. The side effect of this is that I can now sit straighter both when I meditate and when I sit at my desk and work on the computer — like I’m doing now.

The main benefit I’ve experienced is that my back and neck no longer get sore, stiff, or strained as much. This was a chronic issue I dealt with as an online teacher for the past three years. Yet, after adopting those two — seemingly small — practices it has had a big impact on my overall health, mood, and stamina when it comes to work and life.

That’s just one example and — of course — it’s specific to my life circumstances. I recognize that I’m in a privileged position where I can take a daily walk and I’m physically well enough that I can practice yoga — or as I like to think of it, moving planks.

However, I do truly believe that anyone — regardless of circumstances — can improve not only their outlook on life, but also their outcome when facing adversity.

If you don’t believe me, then I suggest you read one (or both) of the following books: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl or If This is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi.

Both of these books are written by survivors of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during World War II. I’m sure there are other accounts from that event, as well as subsequent events like them, but those are the two that pop into my mind. Regardless, I think there’s value in learning from and honoring experiences that are different from our own.

So this is the lesson I take from this haiku: small things can have a big impact. As we move further away from the beginning of this covid-19 pandemic, I carry it with me and think about what are the small things I can do every day in my life to make a big impact on the life of Future-Anthony and those that surround him.

As you move forward, what’s something small you can do everyday that will have a big impact on your future self and those around you? Feel free to share your ideas by sending an email to thehaikupond (at) gmail (dot) com.

Featured Haiku & Poets

From David Thorndale on IG as davidthorndale:
forgotten iPod —
the rest of my afternoon
listening to waves


From Mona Bedi:
maternal instinct
the surrogate refuses
to give up the baby


From Lisbeth Ho on Facebook as Elisabeth Holidaya:
the scent of perfume
in my pashmina shawl
mom’s last smile


From huwanahoy on IG & TW as huwanahoy:
Sometimes we find friends
In unexpected moments
Take chance in friendship.


From Kati Mohr on IG as pi.and.anne:
summer’s end
the elderly couple hand in hand
the look in their eyes


From Haiku Nocturnal on Twitter as HaikuNocturnal:
Collage of loved ones;
Each of their small influence
Makes me who I am


From Charissa Hooyman on TW as CharissaHooyman:
Morning to evening
Shadows can be long or short
Providing coolness


From Ryan Gibbs on Twitter as RyanGibbsWriter (with 2 B’s):
soft tentacles leave
eerie prints on my window
an alien kiss


From Mark Hitri on TW as HitriMark & on IG as the_cellopoet:
we seek connection
yet everything divides us
time to make new bonds


From Linda M. Crate on Twitter as thysilverdoe & on IG as authorlindamcrate:
distance cannot part
friendships so long and lasting
time admits defeat.


From Foal Poetry on IG as foalpoetry:
The entirety
of history has led up
to you meeting me


From Melody Wang on TW & IG as MelodyOfMusings:
Vast unknown above,
hidden roots below — you are
perfectly in flux


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