Rogue haiku


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(There we sat and discussed the events of the day together)

The rippling brook

The silent stone

The wandering wind

And I

As far as haiku are concerned this one is definitely rogue. In one dictionary the word ‘rogue’ is described as:  ‘something or someone different from what is normal or expected’.

Definitely this haiku does not follow the 5-7-5 syllables rule, not even close. It also has a prologue.

It still is a haiku. Because haiku speak to me. And this one told me it is a haiku.

What does it say to you?

Do you want some deeper interpretation?

The rippling brook – that which moves through time

The silent stone – that which remains

The wandering wind – that which passes

And I – anyone of us

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Fire Campfire Burn Embers Heat

A night’s campfire

A day’s break wrapped in rain

Love as our blanket



What does it mean? Is it a story? Is it your story?

Maybe it is the seed of a story. Maybe you can make the rest of the story. Maybe it is already your story, something that happened in your life. Or maybe it is something you dream of or you fantasize about.

Go ahead, make it your story. Make it what you want it to be.

Life is full of stories, full of possibilities.


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I’m holding my breath

Light chases away the night

Tomorrow is here


Night turns to day, a daily occurrence, you’ve gotten used to it. A repetition of yesterday’s event, and many events before that one.

No, but not this one. This one is new. This is not a repetition. It’s unique. A once in your life. Oh, how we are so easily deceived by our memories. So easily deceived to think we know it already.

Stop for a moment. Hold your breath! The next moment that arises is brand new. See it, feel it.  Life is yours while you have it. All is new, every moment. Enjoy it.



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When you’re silent

Everything begins to speak

Even the silence

Maybe it’s an invitation to meditate. Meditation – or deep prayer – is meant to stop your own thoughts, so you become silent in yourself.

It’s like when you talk with someone. As long as you are full with what you want to say, you can’t really hear what the other person is trying to tell you.

It’s the whole secret to understanding. It’s the secret to everything, to understand anything: Get quiet and listen.



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Walking down the shore

Aside seashells left by tides

Beauty in debris


The beauty of this world is not hidden. But one has to be open to see. For them who look for beauty they will find it. In nature, in what people have made, in a person.

Others are to busy or to careless and trudge along missing the beauty or even crushing it like someone walking on shells crushes them without even seeing the beauty of them.

And maybe you forgot: You are beautifully made!



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Wishing the future

Like a paradise we lost

Let life lead us there

Deep forest waterfall

Many people will not agree with this. Life is struggle, life is disappointment, we don’t always get what we want. We have to be realistic.

But maybe instead we have to dream more. Maybe we have to have more faith that anything is possible. Maybe we have to imagine we are already there.

What or who has given us life can also give us what we wish for, and if life doesn’t lead us there, what will?  We have to do what we can. We have to do our part.  We have to believe that wishes can come true. Like horses…they can take you there.*

*  “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” is an English language proverb and nursery rhyme, originating in the 16th century, which suggests if wishing could make things happen, then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted. (From Wikipedia)

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Bright stars of the night

Navigators through the dark

Like Angels’ voices

Do you believe in angels? Or do you believe in guiding spirits? Or guided thoughts?

I do believe if we look for guidance we’ll find it. How does this come to us? The right thoughts at the right time, the right ideas and inspiration. How shall I call it? After all, words are only the way we try to capture reality. What we feel, what we think, what we experience.

Maybe our own heart can guide us, if we are sincere and honest and want to do what’s best. And how does our heart know?

As you see, we give it a word and think we know something, when all we do is clothe reality with a pretty little dress. The reality is awesome though and we know very little.  It can be breath-taking, it can get scary.

We better look for guidance whatever we may call it.

And be thankful for the stars.


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Ever-changing moon

Reflecting light and  shadows

Faithful companion


In literature the moon is often described as a companion, either directly or metaphorically. The moon reflects the light of the sun, but it also reflects the Earth’s shadow.

And I believe a good companion, a true friend, also reflects our light and our shadows, the times we act in love and the times when we miss what we could do. Still, like the moon, a real companion says little, but is there with us in good times and sad times, sharing our joy, and comforting us in pain.

Faithful companion.



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Youngster and dog walking

Wander way mountains


Millions of moments pass time


Remember your home


Our life is like a journey, but no matter how far we travel or how long, we all like to have something we call home. Some say this world is not our home, which might well be true on a grander scale. Still, probably most of us would like to have something of a home while we are in this world. Somewhere where we feel we belong.

Home may be a place

– or it may be a group of people we identify with

– or it may be just one person, someone we feel at home with

Find it, if you haven’t – know where you belong – remember your home



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Plants and Animals


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This is actually a misleading title. Because plants and animals are nature. It’s all we have, everything else are extras we could do without. Then again, this is about nature after all-the nature of people, or the attitude of some people.


When I was young I had some cacti. Cacti have these sharp spines to protect their soft inside from being eaten. It’s pretty effective in most cases. They also often live in very dry places. I was a bit like a cactus as well-not very sociable, but quite soft underneath.


Then there are mimosas. They are quite regular plants, they even have pretty little flowers, but the moment you touch them they close up. Nothing to get here, move on, goodbye, that’s it. Hmm.

Venus fly trap

More seriously I have to warn you about the Venus fly traps. They lay themselves wide open, even display a certain kind of sticky sweetness. Hi, so good to see you, I’m ready for you. But once you get on their trail they close in on you and suck you dry, take all you’ve got. And then they spit you out.

Okay, okay, people aren’t flies, but in one clip I saw one of these plants devour a frog! Avoid the flytraps, being sweet doesn’t necessarily show someone’s true character.


Let’s move on to the animal kingdom. One dangerous species is the octopus and its bigger relative the kraken. They grab you wrapping their arms around like it’s the eternal love. But they have suction cups on their tentacles and you will have a hard time to get away if you ever want to. Or you become unable to breathe. And since they have eight arms they might hold a few others with some of those arms as well.

Of course, people aren’t plants or animals, although I’m sure you can find some more parallels with other earthly life forms. Some humans are way above earthly life forms, though. My sweetheart, for example, is an absolute angel.

And me? I guess I’m a sunflower. All day I turn my face to the sun like a sunflower. Sunflowers actually look like a picture of the sun and they produce very useful seeds. They look like they are happy as well. (I feel like a Haiku coming:)

Sunflower fireld


Face the light all day

You can brighten up the world

Light is even more

Beautiful in its reflection

Well, it’s not a haiku, it has an extra line. I call it Haiku plus. The Haiku Purity Committee Watch will probably ostracize me and ban me from their club.

sunflower with sunglasses

So what!? I’ll just keep facing the sun and still be happy.







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