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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Carpe Diem #260, Caravanserai

I had to look up caravanserai and learn that it is a resting place on a trade route traversed by a caravan - a group of traders, pilgrims or other travelers.

We went to a funeral today for my wife's cousin - a man only a few months younger than I.  He was a wonderful person, a real mensch, dearly beloved by his children, grandchildren, and all who knew him. He was a military veteran, and at his grave site there was a military ceremony, and a presentation to his son, who is in the navy, of the flag used as a shroud on his casket.  It was a deeply emotional moment, and my eyes are tearing up again as I write these words. 

I dedicate this haiku to his memory.

R.I.P. Larry.  I wish I had known you longer and better.

last stop
on life's long hard caravan
hallowed ground

Carpe Diem #260


  1. Replies
    1. thanks MMT

      I should also mention that the bugler played taps beautifully


  2. The Last Post, the bugle strains can be long and poignant! Truly said JzB!


  3. So loving... so heartfelt.....well done, JzB. May he rest in peace.

  4. Loving tribute. The ceremonies are very emotional. You are a dear man.

  5. Such stars earn their stripes.

    May you al find peace.


  6. If there were no hallowed ground waiting for us, what would be the point? Glad you made it through the farewell ceremonies. May something of their beauty and poignancy linger with you always.

    In a Wayside Inn

  7. This is beautiful and a lovely tribute.

  8. Strong emotions caught in a lovely haiku JzB


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