September 2018 Haibun, Santa Cruz

IMG_4125I 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:

traveling solo
offers strength, restoration,
silence, bravery

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
sweet honeysuckle

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.

Waves crash along

Re-blogging this one today…

books and breezes

waves rockes bing imagesLarge grey stone
juts from the sea floor
its strength and endurance
too immeasurable to ignore

Over the years
‘tis beat upon
salty sea leaves a sting
the waves crash along

The rock grows weary
suffers distress and pain
it commits to thrive
to never retreat, sustain

Distinctive pillar
always to be viewed
as possessing great vigor
a love for life renewed

Life can often forge
toward rock bottom
to thrive, again and again
comparable, to none

Image: Bing Images

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Waves crash along

waves rockes bing imagesLarge grey stone
juts from the sea floor
its strength and endurance
too immeasurable to ignore

Over the years
‘tis beat upon
salty sea leaves a sting
the waves crash along

The rock grows weary
suffers distress and pain
it commits to thrive
to never retreat, sustain

Distinctive pillar
always to be viewed
as possessing great vigor
a love for life renewed

Life can often forge
toward rock bottom
to thrive, again and again
comparable, to none

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bing Images