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Haiku: A Faraway Memory

06/04/2016

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” Khalil Gibran

Haiku: A Faraway Memory - Symbols of what we hold dear

Haiku: A Faraway Memory – Symbols of what we hold dear

Bougainvillea…
A faraway memory
Of mother’s garden

A steady rainfall
Heart shaped clouds form in the sky
saying … I LOVE You

Each Haiku  shared in this post reflects memory triggers of events and times gone by… We remember the feelings, the emotions, the symbols, but not always the details… Does it matter? I don’t think so, as such is the power of memory to help us selectively remember and … forget, as needed. It’s a form of self preservation. (Please note that the plural of Haiku is Haiku).

“Even though the future seems faraway, it is actually beginning right now.” Mattie Stepanek

Haiku: A Faraway Memory - Symbols of what we hold dear

Haiku: A Faraway Memory – Symbols of what we hold dear

Letters from my Dad
Far, faraway in Heaven
Till we meet … again

Pink roses on snow
Tossed far in memory’s bank
Of love lost … not found

I was deeply moved by the Letters from my Dad haiku. When I moved to the USA, he would occasionally write me with information that I needed for school,  share words of wisdom and dispense much needed advice. So, when this memory came to the fore … I wept. We love our parents in so many different ways and when they pass on, those memories show up in unusual, even odd times and ways.

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“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” Albert Schweitzer

Haiku: A Faraway Memory - Symbols of what we hold dear

Haiku: A Faraway Memory – Symbols of what we hold dear

A steady mantra
Healthy mind … healthy body
In my heart’s chamber

In good health and bad
Happiness can find a home
In a willing heart

With today being International Day of Sports and tomorrow, World Health Day,  and Indian classical music maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s birthday, I couldn’t help but reflect on what it means to me and those around me. We take our health for granted until we become ill,  and then … we remember what it truly means to have health. Cherish and take care of yours … and no matter what, find that happy place inside.

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” Louisa May Alcott

Haiku: A Faraway Memory - Symbols of what we hold dear

Haiku: A Faraway Memory – Symbols of what we hold dear

Dancing daffodils
hibernation season ends
Mother Earth hails spring

Childhood memories
Go, rest and heal in that place
Life’s pleasures and pains

Our childhood memories are filled with merriment and minefields that can take us back through the different seasons of our lives. Just like the seasons in nature, our memories hibernate and come back from those faraway places when we least expect them to surface. When they do, be a witness and an observer of your life story and then heal and hold that inner child. We all have one.

This post was inspired by two WordPress Prompts:  1. Discover Challenge: Memory – For this week’s Discover challenge, let’s focus on memory. In any medium you choose (text, photography, ink, watercolor, oil paints, collage….) recall an event, experience, or object that holds special meaning for you. To help other participants and new fans find your response in the Reader, tag your post #DiscoverWP.
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2. Daily Word Prompt: Faraway: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate?  Here are the steps to get started. Sometimes, you sit down to blog but your words and photos get stuck — prompts give them a push. We publish a new one every morning.

Positive Motivation Tip: Our memory holds symbols and stories of all we hold dear; both those that come with pain and/or pleasure. Go Rest there…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos : Memory, Bougainvillea Heaven, mother earth, Daffodils, via Pixabay and/or yellow Bougainvillea via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Cassara (@ccassara) permalink
    07/04/2016 11:02 am

    I love haiku and spring was made for it, don’t you think ? And again, your images rock.

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  2. Jason Panuelos permalink
    08/04/2016 4:49 am

    Perfect poem for Spring! Reading this made me feel so warm and cozy inside! 😀

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  3. Brandy permalink
    08/04/2016 5:16 am

    Very calming page – I took something important away from this page – your line “Does it matter? I don’t think so, as such is the power of memory to help us selectively remember and … forget, as needed. It’s a form of self preservation.”

    Wow.

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  4. Fred Hawson (@3xhcch) permalink
    08/04/2016 5:39 am

    Haiku are really very powerful in its brevity. Those words can really paint a vivid emotional picture as you have proven here.

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  5. Ms. Katrina permalink
    08/04/2016 6:11 am

    Your beautiful poetry matches the beauty of nature perfectly

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  6. Rosey permalink
    08/04/2016 6:54 am

    That’s true, the future’s not really so far away. It really is starting now.

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  7. Claire Algarme permalink
    08/04/2016 6:58 am

    Haiku are beautiful. They are great in putting memories into lyrical words. Memories, whether they are good or not-so-good, are treasures and they’re something that can be stolen from us. 🙂

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