The Lighter Side of JzB

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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 20, 2014

Bits Of Inspiration ~ Spirit Nature

UPDATE:  I'm going to use the first haiku in this series that I did for another prompt [vide infra] as my WALL entry for CD.

Kristjaan gives us two quotes on WALLS from Kalil Gibran

[...] "After all this is not a bad prison; but I do not like this wall between my cell and the next prisoner’s cell; Yet I assure you that I do not wish to reproach the warder not the Builder of the prison".[...] 

[...] "Sadness is but a wall between two gardens". [...]

Kristjaan then presents us with a wonderful positive example.  Mine is a bit darker

tearing down the walls
giving room to wild flowers
to color the earth

 © Chèvrefeuille

On our visit to the garden today, Suzie Clevenger asks us to "stop, breathe, and focus on things that are positive."  She has chosen some Native American aphorisms for our consideration and inspiration.

 I found the inspiration, but, alas, have not succeeded in focusing on the positive.


"We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky." – Shawnee

all men are brothers
living in the same tepee ~
big family fight


"The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears." - Tribe Unknown

from deepest valley
the far away mountain tops
appear the highest


"Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf." - Tribe Unknown

my wisdom is best
hear it from my silver tongue
why don't you listen


"To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature." - Oglala Sioux

i have touched the earth
with my bulldozer and crane
one more shopping mall


"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives." – Sioux

This one brings to mind Matsuo Basho's famous haiku

the old pond ~
a frog jumps in
sound of water

but still ----

moose goose and mankind
two find forest harmony
one soils his own nest


Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

Carpe Diem #543, Wall


  1. if man learns to live with nature , the world will be at peace

  2. Your haiku expand on the themes well.

  3. Now this is clever and so inspiring!

  4. I particularly like the brothers piece!

  5. Goodness, you took on all those quotes and wrote the perfect haiku for each one..I know it is hard to be positive with all the discord we hear. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge.

  6. I was going to quote your second haiku and said how perfectly amazing it was, then I read the third... and the forth... and the next... and I'm in awe--you've told such a beautiful tale with each piece. Wonderful!

  7. a story in a them all....the brothers' haiku made me smile too....

  8. You have combined wisdom and fun in a delightful way.

  9. Great post JzB, all those nice Native American proverbs are really gorgeous and the haiku inspired on them are little gems.

  10. ancient wisdom
    told through out the ages
    and still ignored

    Loved your series of haiku based on the proverbs of the people. Fun!

  11. I love it best when you contrast the native's wisdom with the modern man's folly....

  12. I like the way that you interspersed the quotes in with your haiku...and the last line of the last haiku is profound.


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