broken branch of palm
retreats to soil and water
collapsed frond –detached
I recently spent time at a mindfulness retreat in the Santa Cruz, California redwoods. I re-read Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho on the plane ride there, as inspiration for the following short haibun:
offers strength, restoration,
It smells like I’m camping, with the smoky fire pits and fragrant trees. It brings fall into my heart, even though there still may be one final warm spell when I return home.
two seasons collide
a smoky, warm fireplace, and
By 11:00 am, I had completed a yoga class, a Qigong class, and a nature hike. I felt alive, alert, and loose.
shoulders fall, loosen
retreating from daily life
mind and body heal
qigong’s fire, earth, wood
body lengthened, awakened
metal and water
After a lovely three-hour reading session, I retreated for the evening to then hear an abundance of crickets – the most I had heard in some time. I walked to the balcony and recorded their music on my phone. Maybe I’ll use it to lull me to sleep upon my return.
bright and crackling fires
crickets repeat their welcome
erase warm summer
I need to remember to cook with a variety of ingredients. The food is local and organic and so very creative. I felt healthy and peaceful sitting outside enjoying breakfast.
rays peer through redwoods
birds sing good morning wishes
beneath verdant gold
Writing and image by Jennifer Fifield
See Books and Breezes webpage: September 2018 Haibun.
shades of periwinkle
at dusk they wrinkle
simple morning glory
fresh autumn wind
a breeze which lightens
mornings they brighten
affection blooms, and
love wakes early
before day’s end
their petals close curly
written by Jennifer Fifield
image from Google/Wikimedia
full blog series @ The Joyful Path
Understanding ourselves and the world we live in.
LUCID BEING - STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
We're all on a road to somewhere.
Tales from the mouth of a wolf
Blurring the lines between poetry and prose
Warden of Words // Shaper of Stories
We are at war. Life is a battle. Every day we fight for joy, peace… love. This is correspondence from the front line.
Life under the thinking tree
images | illness | distinction.
Books, Beauty, Chess, Languages, Japan
Life and my insights
Deux Américains à Toulouse
Scribblings and scrawls of a hopeless romantic soul
Expeditions - explorations - adventures
Making the world a richer place, one story at a time
What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?
Underfoot Poetry - a poetry blog
Poems by Celia Hales in the Style of William Shakespeare & John Donne
"The silence of the night awakens my soul"
A Library of Literary Interestingness
South meets East: Poetry and Musings - words of the seasons
Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins