DELIGHT IN COMPANY

playing hide and seek
swimming fish in the koi pond
with falling petals
whispering geishas converse
eyeing hourglass from afar

Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds
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exotic geishas
speaks with wisteria
breaking the silence

Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds
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Response to Carpe Diem #1588 delight in company

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THESE HAIKU SITES

Before I, Madasahatter572 post my daily poems, I wanted to take a few minutes and share these Facebook sites with you, my followers. Facebook may be in question and its credibility, but so far, I have found these sites to be quite genuine in their community unity. I know there are a great many Haiku enthusiasts out there. For the layman who just enjoys reading Haiku and its numerous forms, I strongly believe that these sites are for you.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/budsofhaiku/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/senryu.kyoka/
https://www.facebook.com/ironhaiku/

 

LIFE GOES ON

[…] “I will tell you, Socrates, he said, what my own feeling is. Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says; and at our meetings the tale of my acquaintance commonly is–I cannot eat, I cannot drink; the pleasures of youth and love are fled away: there was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life. Some complain of the slights which are put upon them by relations, and they will tell you sadly of how many evils their old age is the cause. But to me, Socrates, these complainers seem to blame that which is not really in fault. For if old age were the cause, I too being old, and every other old man, would have felt as they do. But this is not my own experience, nor that of others whom I have known. How well I remember the aged poet Sophocles, when in answer to the question, How does love suit with age, Sophocles,–are you still the man you were? Peace, he replied; most gladly have I escaped the thing of which you speak; I feel as if I had escaped from a mad and furious master. His words have often occurred to my mind since, and they seem as good to me now as at the time when he uttered them. For certainly old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then, as Sophocles says, we are freed from the grasp not of one mad master only, but of many. The truth is, Socrates, that these regrets, and also the complaints about relations, are to be attributed to the same cause, which is not old age, but men’s characters and tempers; for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

I listened in admiration, and wanting to draw him out, that he might go on–Yes, Cephalus, I said: but I rather suspect that people in general are not convinced by you when you speak thus; they think that old age sits lightly upon you, not because of your happy disposition, but because you are rich, and wealth is well known to be a great comforter.”[…] (Plato’s The Republic)

life goes on 

my youth deteriorates
vanishing
with the young leaves

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soaring
among the stars
wonderful memories

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life goes on
as bird songs carry
into blue skies
the first narcissus blooms
through crumbling black loam

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Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #61 a new feature for the weekend … introduction