Jan 28

Haiku 1081

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , January 28th, 2013

by Alison

by Alison

Tell me what to do,

God. Goddess. The Universe.

I’m out of ideas.

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Apr 30

Haiku 1046

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , April 30th, 2012

The Road to Han Min: 3

by Kelly

by Kelly

I pray for patience

empathy, courage, health, love —

we’ll come home parents

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Dec 02

Haiku 979

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , December 2nd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

only time will tell

if this second snow will stick —

please, we pray, for change

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Sep 15

Haiku 955

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , September 15th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

* * *

Hello, Miss Monarch.

Mexico is far away.

Fly, I tell her. Fly!

Several years ago, Hubby and I took a trip to Mexico. We did not go to the beach. We went to the central highlands looking for monarch butterflies.

Every year, monarch butterflies from all over North America journey to this part of Mexico in order to pass the winter someplace warm, meet up with other monarchs and breed. The monarchs arrive in Mexico in November and stay until March. Peak monarch-viewing season is January and February.

Hubby and I, though, were in Mexico in November. Our guide promised us that more monarchs were coming, but we could hardly believe how many were already there.

Early morning, pre-sunrise, is the best time to go and see the monarchs. To ward off the night-time chill, the butterflies hang together in clumps so dense that the branches of trees sag underneath the collective weight of the monarchs.

The butterflies are waiting, patiently, for the sun to rise. As soon as a ray of sun hits a clump of hanging monarchs long enough to warm them up, they burst into a cloud of flying butterflies and fill the sky. There are so many of them that you can actually hear their wings beating!

As I look back over my life so far, I know that I have been blessed with many exceptional travel experiences. However, my trip to the monarch reserves in Mexico ranks among the most amazing. It was truly a spiritual experience, which surprised me. I expected to be awed by the sheer number of butterflies I saw. I did not expect to feel like I had had an encounter with the divine.

Ever since that trip, I view monarch butterflies differently. In the past two weeks, I’ve noticed several flittering about as I take my dogs on walks. I stop and watch them dance through the air and I’m convinced that, although they my loop around a patch of flowers, in general they all seem to be moving south. Whey they fly past me, I always make sure to attach a small prayer to each. May you make it to Mexico, I whisper.

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Jul 03

Haiku 911

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , July 3rd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

“God moment,” Mom says.

“Haiku moment,” I believe.

Really, we’re both right.

 

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Dec 19

Haiku 718

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , December 19th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

whether or not

there is a god –

heavenly skies

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Dec 18

Haiku 717

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , December 18th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

So many people

to keep in my prayers — the end

of the year draws near

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Aug 04

Haiku 581

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , August 4th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

interfaith marriage

on CNN because of

Chelsea Clinton’s beau


What do these pundits

know of me and my husband?

I stab the remote.


Outside it’s humid

83 at 8:30

no forecast of rain


I sigh into the

stickiness, breathe it in

till I acclimate.


Then, turning around,

I open my front door to

the cool air of home.


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Jul 10

Haiku 556

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , July 10th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

yoga teacher once

said god is in everyone –

daughter’s smile lights up

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Jun 27

Haiku 543

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , June 27th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

god communicates

via sunlight shattered and

dancing on water

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