I went to a book sale at my local library, and came across this haiku as I was browsing the books. Fascinating!
Let me walk you across the street
I’ll hold your hand
Just say ‘No!’
Don’t just walk away from me
a great day
a good day
just another day
even a bad day
it’s all life unfolding
embrace each day
with courage and warmth
Wanting the lightness to soar
above it all.
But feeling heaviness that keeps
feet firmly planted on the ground.
more than just aches
more than just physical
more than just temporary
intangible yet unmistakable
agony and brokenness linger
your sting, too well I know
relief, I anticipate
Almost five years ago on the first day of my first job after graduating from college, a very eloquent orientation speaker read this poem (which I just now accidentally found online) to a group of eager, excited and perhaps secretly nervous new employees. I remember thinking ‘wow, these are powerful words’ and feeling challenged to positively impact my “fellow travelers” – not only at work but also in my family, friendships and greater community. I had the same sentiments today after reading this poem. Frankly, I can do better in spreading happiness and love. What about you?
Buried under multiple layers of covers
Adorned in my thickest snuggly socks
Yet the cold I feel remains untamed
It emanates from my feet, and creeps
To every inch of my body, and seemingly
Manages to penetrate my core.
I can almost feel my heart ice over.
Cold without you
Cold without your feet rubbing mine
Cold without the heart-melting love I feel when your gentle hands glide sensually over the contours of my bare frame
Cold without the passion that abounds when we embrace
Cold without you tonight