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Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul

“If haiku is the sashimi of poetry, tanka is its heartier hand roll cousin.” Ben Huberman

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul - 10 Healing Symbols

Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul – 10 Healing Symbols

disease comes calling
Seeps through tissues, organs, bones
Hands raised in prayer…
Answers found, test-tube culture
Tanka from a grateful soul

On hospital beds
The terminal and the “well”
All one step from death…
A doctor’s smile, a grimace
Each offers a doorway home

All of life is ephemeral. We come to truly understand that statement when we or someone we love is battling a life threatening illness. It is for that reason that the sages and wise ones advice us to live our lives with grace and gratitude. Take a moment to make someone happy. Take the time to hug your loved ones and smell the fresh air around you. All around us are new and ancient symbols that lift us up or bring us down. Embrace those that lift you and heal you. Stop and take in the symbols in your space. What symbols are in your surroundings? Add some light. Find things that add joy to your space. Share and be grateful for them.

Some of us never stop to look around us or take a moment to digest things. Why the rush? What do we think would happen if we stopped for a moment and spent some time in silence, in prayer or meditation? We rush to shut others out, bring some in, secure our temporary hold on XYZ. In the end, what matters is the love and goodwill we shared with others… I’ve created a collage of healing symbols above. Stop, inhale, and take a look at them. What’s your rush?

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Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

“Happiness comes in all colors of the rainbow!” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty...

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

“Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary at the first ever Hello Kitty convention in the world!”

The ubiquitous, blank-faced and, as the world assumed, feline cartoon character Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat, announced The Los Angeles Times. It’s a little girl named Kitty White. Via The NYTimes

Dear Hello Kitty…
Happy Anniversary!
Why the new changes?

Happy Birthday Boo
My kids knew you as Kitty
Anthropomorphic

My Kitty girlfriend…
Convention time is calling
Who will you come as?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Hey, Hello Kitty!
WTF! Can we talk!? B#$%^&h!
What’s this BS news!?

Hello Kitty was always an important part of my household. When my girls were little, they saw the show and then a close friend traveled to Japan and bought them lots of Hello Kitty stuff. After that we were hooked.

“Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

Share A Global Hug

Hello Kitty VIP Contest

Hello Kitty VIP Contest

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Hello Kitty is not a cat. You read that right. When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” Via The LA Times

You’re someone else now…
A new cast of characters
Mom, Dad, Twin sister!?

Is this a cast change?
Can we play your family?
My kids? Random friends?

Kids grew up with you…
You always were gijinka
Now, A girl? A cat?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Schmuck!  Last time I looked…
You were a cat in a dress
You hoochy mama!

Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with being anthropomorphic… Mickey Mouse is too. Today, one of my kids is a double major in Asian studies and film, with a concentration in Japanese… Both are into film, anime, manga and more. There was an influence there. So to change up on us was odd, to put it mildly. We do love the character and this is a celebration with a twist assignment and a touch of humor…. with love!

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Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity?

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Mahatma Gandhi

Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity? - Collage of Refugees worldwide

Haiku: Where Is Our Humanity? – Collage of Refugees worldwide

We sit, stare, at horror shows…
Lives maimed, wasted, at war zones
Children blown apart…

A day of bloodshed
Planes falling from “friendly” skies.
Human carnage, grows…

A night of anguish
Mothers hold dying loved ones.
Mourning engulfs us …

Faces of conflict
Refugees from everywhere
Exits blur entries…

We watch, in silence
Where is our humanity?
Mothers, babies, killed…

Leo Tolstoy said, “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”Are we doing a good job serving humanity? Like many of you, I feel equally challenged by the horrific events happening around the world. War, epidemics, hunger, loss of life, poverty, refugee populations growing every day.  I don’t want to lose faith in humanity, but how do we ever justify the death of innocent people? How do we ever explain the “rationale” for shooting down commercial airlines? How do we explain the endless conflicts and wars to our children?

Each day I see a news report of another life lost, another child hurt, another futile battle fought, another senseless act of wickedness inflicted on humanity, I feel the pain of loved ones and cry along with them. We can choose to pretend it’s happening elsewhere, but it’s happening everywhere and our silence won’t make the atrocities go away. Where is our humanity? When did our beautiful earth turn so ugly?
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