Saturday, July 13, 2013

Toads: Journey to Joy

Imaginary Garden With Read Toads
Mini-Challenge: Live A Little



i live to haiku
even though this isn't one
it's an ongoing journey
i take with several companions
my mini-version of The Way
getting from here to there
wanting to feel the exhilaration

the way i felt in europe
the two times i went with hubby
first to italy
then last year's honeymoon
in provence
heaven
feeling free and joyful
every...single...day
like i'm alive
not just existing

then i come home
and am a blob again
so that's why the haiku
my mind-stimulating journey
of perfecting the small
because my brain
can't handle big concepts
any longer

although maybe after
neurofeedback
my brain will be different
and i will actually be able 
to remember
when a series returns to tv
that i recall the previous one
or i can remember plots
and characters of a book
if i put it down for two days

my mind short circuited
i live for small challenges
tho i seem to be carried away
with this look at my life
where will i travel next?
that's what will really
keep me going



16 comments:

  1. Maggie, I get that: living for the distilled, the small moments because you can breathe, be present to it all. Like knowing more about you.

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    1. Thanks, La Tonya. Not a pretty bio so I take what I can get. Not sure you really want to know but bless you for saying so ♥ I don't know why I don't feel that way at home. Well, I do a little. I did have that awesome "aliveness" when I had my "vision quest" in Sedona in May. Wish I could go back.

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  2. Ah, you got me, writing ABOUT haiku. You wicked girl. But if that's your passion, then that's the perfect subject! Thanks so much for being part of the mini challenge.

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    1. It's true...wasn't just being wicked to tease you...it really is one of my few passions :)

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  3. An interesting perspective--it's all a journey, but so often only the high spots stand out. For me,forgetting is constant but usually temporary or if not, maybe there's a good reason--at least sometimes. Perfecting anything is quite a burden, though. Enjoyed this.

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  4. Bending the rules, love it and the poem too. I've also experimented with tagging haiku onto other forms of poetry, wonder if you could have gotten away with that.

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  5. Must confess I don't live to haiku ... I do enjoy it thoroughly! (and often) :-)

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  6. I love the haiku form, its what I was doing all of last year ~ But I wanted to try other forms, so my journey is now in a different direction ~ I so want to travel to Europe, its on my bucket list for some time ~ Have a good weekend ~

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  7. I ♥ to haiku, too, Maggie! Brevity is a beautiful practice...haiku really makes one choose words wisely...just what are we trying to convey...

    I love this poem about it...makes SO much sense. Thank you for writing this!!

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    1. You're welcome :) So appreciate your visit and reading it!

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  8. "I live for small challenges" is perfect — for a haiku poet like you, or for a senior citizen like me. Big challenges are so overwhelming.
    But I know what you mean about being alive when you travel. We're just back from a driving trip (with the dog) to my home province (British Columbia) and I kept thanking my husband for it. "It makes my heart happy" I told him, more than once, and I'm sure I never said that about our distant travels.
    Your poem is wonderful.
    K

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  9. I agree I do love haiku also but I've drifted away.

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  10. Thank you all for stopping by. Was gone all day and am sort of doing some catch up. Am glad some of you related to different aspects of what I wrote. Sam, I have missed your edgy writing. Maybe you will come back to it. I am behind but am slowly catching up to past challenges making visits. Please bear with me.

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  11. Some times I must write a Reader's Digest version of things for me to see the beauty contained in a few words. I always love reading your haiku.

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I used to be quite verbose. It's really a challenge to make it so concise. Am sure husband wishes I spoke in haiku ;-O

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  12. This is lovely. Small steps. Single moments. Being present. Haiku captures that in a few lines, and can have a profound meaning. Enjoy your journey :)

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