Archive for the ‘parenting’ Category

Ugly Beauty (Fire Island Day Twenty)

July 20, 2012

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16. Rainy morning starts/
Awareness of nature for/
The introspective/
#haiku

17. The messy weather/
Reminds us most days are fine/
Appreciate those/
#haiku

18. Weather is perfect/
For the planet it is for/
People want too much/
#haiku

19. Interpret nature/
As you might some scripture:/
Find your own meaning/
#haiku

20. Vacation Rain/
Means I must explore inside/
My Mental landscape/
#haiku

21. My introspection/
Illuminates so much more/
Than the physical/
#haiku

22. The material/
Is comfortingly shallow:/
Now explore beneath/
#haiku

23. Create personal/
Scriptural meaning for life:/
Interpret meaning/
#haiku

24. Iconography/
Making personal meanings/
From the natural/
#haiku

25. Don’t rely upon/
Prefabricated visions/
To create meaning/
#haiku

26. Make your own meaning/
Like a bird builds a nice nest/
From broken branches/
#haiku

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Fire Island Day Nineteen

July 19, 2012

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(On My Children)
1a. Children are Growing/
Ev’ry instant of their lives:/
Observe carefully/
#haiku

1b. Observe carefully:/
Ev’ry instant of their lives/
Children are Growing/
#haiku

A. Minor daily change/
Transforms children to people*/
But keeps their essence/
#haiku *adults

B. growth is eternal/
Occurring while you’re looking/
(& when you look off)/
#haiku

2. Kids evaporate:/
A haze of human hormones/
The whirlwind of growth/
#haiku

3. They become adults/
In identical versions/
Of their childhood wills/
#haiku

4. In their firm beauty/
The vulnerable child lives/
Hidden by Ego/
#haiku

5. The juvenile traits/
Now adult preferences/
Define who they are/
#haiku

6a. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in their births/
#haiku

6b. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in childhood/
#haiku

7. We are but the soil/
Our children are enriched by/
They must reach higher/
#haiku

8. As I witness growth/
I lament all the growth missed:/
Forgiving myself/
#haiku

9. As their ships depart/
Sailing away happily/
I celebrate loss/
#haiku

10. Without sacrifice/
There can be no creation/
We grow from our loss/
#haiku

11. Tremendous lives start/
With submissive surrender/
Because the world’s good*/
#haiku *G_d ?

12. I watch my kids grow/
Knowing I am just their start/
& they are perfect/
#haiku