Thursday, December 8, 2016

Like A Daily Walk

       It's Poetry Friday, this week hosted by Jone MacCulloch who blogs at Check It Out! She's sharing about sending Poetry Postcards and offering great "how-tos" as well. I especially like the words about resolutions. Thanks, Jone!



       When I read Mary Lee Hahn's challenge to write a haiku each day in December with the hashtag #haikuforhealing, I thought 'no way' do I have time for that, although I loved the idea that it might help in this chaotic time we are experiencing. Then I thought, 'Well, maybe sometimes?' Finally, I read Catherine Flynn's post about #commonplacemarvels and I was hooked. Except for Dec. 1st,  I've shared every day. I find myself looking for a subject all through the days as I do all those other things expected in December.  It's rather calming to be on the search. I am grateful, Mary Lee and Catherine!


Here is mine for today, actually a haiga because I'm pairing it with a photo.


#haikuforhealing #commonplacemarvels

winter sipping
in a drought
daily visit

Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

44 comments:

  1. Love the very notion of commonplace marvels - the photo and the haiku, just gorgeous, Linda. :)

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    1. Thank you, Myra. It's a joy to take time to look and write.

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  2. I'm so glad you're doing this, Linda! And I have a particular fondness for haiga. Thank you! xo

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    1. You're welcome, Irene. I'm glad that Mary Lee started us down this lovely path, and that Catherine followed.

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  3. Great birdbath poem, Linda. I love this haiku healing as well.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, it's like a quiet spot in the rush of December.

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  4. Love your page masthead Japanese proverb: "One kind word can warm three winter months." So apropos at this time. Enjoyed your haiku and birdbath.

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    1. Thank you, I hope that kindness will spread into our lives this month, and in the new year too.

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  5. Your haiku certainly embodies your hashtags. Beautiful, Linda.

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  6. So lovely, Linda! Looking forward to reading about more of the commonplace marvels you notice this month. :)

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    1. Thank you, the sun is out & it's warmer this day from that high of about 11 yesterday. Perhaps warmth will be next?

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  7. Sometimes I just sit and think about how the concerns of animals are so much more basic than ours. Their lives are so "moment to moment"- no thinking ahead of themselves to what "might be".
    Enjoy these "moments" in the sun! Try not to "think ahead" to what the weather "might be" soon!

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    1. That weather is not something I do worry about anymore except when it gets so cold I do worry about our homeless population. The animals certainly do take advantage of whatever they find, hence this bird that comes often to my little birdbath. Learned habit for need? I know you see more animals than I do, Donna. Thanks for the thought!

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  8. Lovely image and words, Linda! It's been a hectic week, so I've fallen behind. I play with words and images as I drive to work, then rush inside to write my ideas down before they melt away. I've enjoyed reading and being inspired by everyone else's noticings, and will be back next week!

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    1. I understand, remember how crazy this time of year was when I worked full time, Catherine. It's okay, time for when it's right for you! Thanks!

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  9. Three little lines say so much about a huge topic. They remind me to think of other creatures who need water for survival, too. I love the idea of this bird returning each day for a sip/ so dependent on humans to fill that bowl in a time of drought. Your Haiga is a wake up call for humanity. Well done!

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    1. It was so cold yesterday and when I went to get the paper, bunnies were hopping all around, to keep warm? or were they just happy to get out of that burrow? Yes, I try to put peanuts and seed out, but that birdbath seems to be the most popular thing. Except for a bit of snow, it is very dry. Thanks, Joyce.

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  10. I love the looking, too. Noticing the small miracles. I'll add your blog to my list. I had only put your Twitter handle.

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    1. I think I'm only going to post on twitter, so that's okay, Margaret, and thanks for that. I enjoyed your haiku very much today!

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  11. I couldn't agree with you more....I look for ideas throughout the day. And, instead of feeling any pressure to find something, I'm delighted when the idea finds me. It's been wonderfully habit building and positive. I love your haiga....delightful. Enjoy the holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, and thus far, they are finding us.

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  12. I love the way you found inspiration in this birdbath, Linda. All of you poets giving this daily haiku a whirl are so amazingly talented - lucky us!

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    1. Thank you, Tara. It is something I've enjoyed thoroughly! Happy weekend!

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  13. You notice and wonder about #commonplacemarvels Linda and I marvel at your offerings.

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  14. I too thought, no way. Yet it has been a moment of love for every day. I'm starting to think in haiku lines.

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    1. Fun to hear this from you, too, Julieanne. Thanks!

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  15. I love having the #commonplacemarvels alongside #haikuforhealing. Sometimes my healing haiku are vents of steam. The marvels calm me down and heal me with gratitude.

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    1. It's quite wonderful what you've begun, Mary Lee. Thanks!

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  16. Appreciations, Linda.
    I can never get enough images of our feathered friends.
    This is lovely both in word & picture.

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    1. I don't have a great camera, only my iPhone, but managed to get close enough to capture before he flew! Thanks, Jan.

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  17. The commonplace marvels combat cynicism and despair very effectively. We all need a daily visit to the water.

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    1. Well, you know I agree, Heidi. Lovely way to put it!

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  18. Linda, this is simply sweet. The fact that I have such an affinity for birds makes me love it even more!

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    1. Thanks, Kiesha. I do worry about those little birds when it gets around zero. How do they do it?

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  19. Love your haiga! I've become positively fascinated with birds over the course of the past year and am often inspired to write about them. I so appreciate your and Catherine's reminder about the power of tuning in to the wonders of commonplace things. All the best of the season to you!

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    1. Thanks, Molly, and best wishes to you for wonderful holidays! Birds are a lovely gift to us I think.

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  20. It's not east writing a poem a day, but you're doing quite well, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Matt. Focus on this one thing helps. But my life is getting busier, as I imagine is yours too.

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  21. I'm glad you're making the time to write and share. I feel like a bird who is sipping at the haiku bird bath created by this community! Y'all are getting me through!

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  22. I'm late. Using my snow day to catch up. I love winter sipping...

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