The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
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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, August 13, 2014

Carpe Diem #538, Paradise

I have always been appalled by the concept of original sin.  Even as a small child I realized that tainting me and everyone else alive today because of the alleged mythical actions of someone who lived at the dawn of time was profoundly unfair, and completely incompatible with the idea of a just and loving god.  This was my first step toward unbelief. 

With that as preamble, today's prompt is PARADISE, with these quotes from Kalil Gibran.  

[...] "Paradise is there, behind that door, in the next room; but I have lost the key. Perhaps I have only mislaid it". [...]

[...] "He who would share your pleasure but not your pain shall lose the key to one of the seven gates of Paradise". [...]

mythic garden
folly of adam and eve
paradise lost

with his temptation
god knew that they would fail
human nature


test of mankind
by a just and loving god
or a set-up for failure


what mark do you leave
on other peoples' lives
paradise is love


in my garden
amidst the echinacea
one happy toad 


UPDATE: after reading Bjorn's

don’t seek
for you shall not find
only wait



  1. I applaud the happiness of the toad. May we all be so!

  2. Oh the toad... and so happy for providing inspiration.. I think we share views on paradise.

  3. I agree ....the idea always struck me cruelly unfair too.

    Really loving the image of the happy toad - made me smile. :)

  4. Just love this especially the happy toad:)

  5. I do believe in a place called paradise. I do not believe I have to kill people to get there.


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