Posts Tagged ‘fire island’

Fire Island Day 24

July 24, 2012

7. This world is perfect/
Every possible way/
Accept joy & pain/

8. Lament attachment/
It is Ego’s foundation/
Where desire is formed/

9. Easy to love life/
While I am on vacation/
I love my work, too/

10. Try to find meaning/
In the pointless minutiae/
That makes up our lives/

11a. Pointless minutiae:/
Human Existence/

11b. Pointless minutiae:/
Of our Existence/

12. Human Existence/
Justifies its own meaning/
In each of our hearts/

13a. We know we matter/
Despite what the world tells us/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my

13b. We know we matter/
Contradicting capital/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my


Fire Island Day 23

July 23, 2012


49. Low tide exposes/
Edges of the Earth Un-used/
‘Cept on occasion/

50. The water recedes/
Exposing the underused/
Liminal spaces/

51. Land we share with sea/
Under appreciated/
Is under-valued/

52. The fecund ocean/
Garlands ev’rything with slime/
To mark her borders/

53. The sandy beaches/
Ever changing before surf/
Avoid the sliming/


54a. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness before G_d/
Land not exploited/

54b. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
Land not exploited/

54c. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
We can’t stop the tide/

Fire Island Day Nineteen

July 19, 2012


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

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

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)/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Journal Fire Island Day Seventeen

July 17, 2012

18. I woke late and tired/
Distracted I found routines/
Of soul distraction/

19. I avoided myself/
As I stumbled back to “life”/
I didn’t think much/

20. Facebook & Twitter/
NPR & other tasks/
Stole meditation/

21. Modern rituals/
Of social information/
Kill contemplation/

22. Time spent with myself/
Challenges my “public self”/
Here is where doubt lies/

23a. Thinking of myself/
As a soul that I control/
Shows me how I slack/

23b. Exposing myself/
Examining my routines/
Of selfish comfort/

25. I use rituals/
Regardless of how noble/
To limit myself/

26. I’m alive and free/
Capable of being great/
But that’s not easy/

27. To be truly free/
I must sacrifice comfort/
Of the familiar/

28. The freedom I “want:”/
Described by society/
Is base privilege/

29. The freedom I “need:”/
Spiritual transcendence/
Will cost me comfort/

30. Participation:/
It is easy to enjoy/
Cruel advantages/

31. Eschewing this place/
Of petty petty domination/
Challenges comfort/

32. I worked hard within/
This unfair human system/
To enjoy my place/

33. “Succeeding” suggests/
You must accept this system/
(That you know’s unfair)/

34. I’m doing better/
Because I’m lucky enough/
To exist right here/

35. Less fortunate/
Aren’t any less deserving/
Just more unlucky/

36. I want to transcend/
This venal system of mine/
& be happier/

37. The “revolution”/
I need to happen’s within/
Not political/

38. I’d be happier/
If I corrected myself/
& escaped habit/

39. I am the system/
I despise so thoroughly/
(Though it comforts me)/

40. I’ll work to improve/
Personal behaviors &/

Fire Island Day Sixteen

July 16, 2012

35. Beauty’s little things/
Minor material goods/
Are rarely noticed/

36. Small embellishments/
Ornament quotidian/
Corners of the world/

37. These small ornaments/
Of (un)usual* objects/
Define our species/
#haiku *the usual

38. Customization/
Of the manufactured world/
Humanizes it/

39. Erratic patterns/
Only just Perceptible/
Mark human culture/

40. Lines etched in the sand/
Before creation’s blue waves/
Are all that we are/

41. We simply vanish/
Without other people’s sight/
We need witnesses/

42. Good, Bad or Ugly/
Humans validate humans/
There is nothing else/

43. Those we judge wanting*/
Validate our existence/
Because they are us/
#haiku *as bad

44. Celebrate people/
Though you’re glad you’re not like them/
Because they make us/

45. We are all the same/
No matter how we’re diff’rent/
People are people/

46. Celebrate humans/
Banal, venal or tacky/
Without them we’re lost/

47. The ugly tasteless/
Hold up half of creation/
Have some gratitude/

48. Without the banal/
We wouldn’t exist at all/
For we need them too/

Fire Island Day Fifteen

July 15, 2012

28. Look within yourself/
For that which you seek without/
We are all equal/

29. Perfection resides/
Not in the warm beach sunrise/
But the eyes that see/


30. Heaven is living/
Within our realities/
Not others’ ideas/

31. World so abundant/
We should all be surfeited/
Though then we’d lose wealth/

32. Our humility/
Could make us so prosperous/
In a newer way/

Fire Island Day Thirteen

July 13, 2012

49. Uncelebrated/
Outside world owes you nothing/
Celebrate yourself/

50. The desired applause/
Is the beating of your heart/
Within your body/

51. Wide human acclaim:/
Psychological weakness/
For the insecure/

52. Celebrate living/
The very place that you are/
Because it’s unique/

53. Imaginations/
Demand heroic events/
While life is enough/

54. Life should be enough/
Each breath is so heroic/
(We shun this magic)/

55. Look for the magic/
Vibrating everywhere/
In your daily life/

56. (The music in noise/
Accompanies litter’s art/
When you search for it)/

57. Find magic inside/
Yourself and the day’s routine/
By loving yourself/

58. You have ev’rything/
You need to celebrate/
If you look within/

59. Visual beauty/
& social acclaim fail us/
When we’re not happy/

60. Find your happiness/
Within your own consciousness:/
Then enjoy the world/


Fire Island Day Eight

July 8, 2012

27. Good society/
Makes vacation perfection/
Not merely the beach/

28. It’s people sharing/
Physical amenities/
That makes vacation/

29. Others’ enjoyment/
Gives the pleasures we enjoy/
The validation/

30. A desert island/
Staffed with happy servants can’t/
Match community/

31. Human paradise/
Is where we enjoy enough/
& others do too/

32. Sharing vacation/
With other people improves/
Our experience/

33. Vacation alone:/
Fantasy independence/
(Isolated souls)/

34. Humans are social/
We need the community/
Other people bring/

35. I want ev’ryone/
To enjoy what I enjoy/
Because I love life/

36. If there ain’t enough/
I should reduce my demands/
That others get more/

37. G_d will provision/
Enough for ev’rybody/
Is what true faith means/

38. Scarcity is fear/
Created by rich people/
That desire too much/

39. Enjoy and share things/
Believing life will provide/
All of your true needs/

Fire Island Day 7

July 7, 2012

Thoughts on Work on Vacation

13. Sitting after dawn/
Knowing a day will happen/
Pondering my life/

14. I hear birds singing/
Waves continue lapping shore/
Mysterious things/

15. Existence I see/
More than I can understand/
Enough to enjoy/

16. The work I enjoy/
Is done by other people/
When I vacation/

17. Chiaroscuro/
Light from dark application/
Work makes vacation/

18. I love my own work/
And its summer cessation/
When I sit and think/

19. The dock I sit on/
A rudimentary thing/
Was built by hard work/

20. The books I enjoy/
On the life-guarded-beaches/
Are all someone’s work/

21. The meals that I cook/
Were farmed, freighted and then sold/
(Other people’s work)/

22. I miss my students/
Random classrooms of Egos/
Where I can matter/

23. My work defines me/
Although I know it shouldn’t/
I like to matter/

24. I like vacation/
Where I have different work/
Like self awareness/

Fire Island 3 (day 6?)

July 6, 2012

7. Life is very good/
I will accept “laziness”/
As part of process/

8. “Non-Linnear-Work”/
Relaxing, thinking, dreaming/
Is important, too/

9. It’s time to recharge/
Refill my soul with wonder/
Top-off happiness/

10. Finding happiness/
Is a multimodal act/
Balance is a key*/
#haiku *primal

11. Acceptance is faith/
Unlocking the perfection/
That swirls all around/