Just Karma 201 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 201
modifications
(haibun)

Adjustments. If it is misty put on a raincoat, take a different
Route. Stop and chat with the neighbors. Even the ones who
are moving out. Walk between the storm that has moved in
for about twenty-four hours. With the wind that knocks over
the same potted plant three times. And knocks off the green
tomato left on the vine on the last day of the month. I suppose
it is time to harvest the rest of the green tomatoes. And maybe
the last of the green peppers that were supposed to be yellow.

almost paced three miles
most of that indoors; due to
saturating rains

©JP/dh 9.30.16

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Just Karma 200 September 2016 wp

Ki, Chi, Qi, Stylized form of this character

Attribution here

The Spirit of the Chinese Character
From the book by Barbara Aria and Russell Eng Gon

Just Karma 200
Ch’i
(haibun)

to have energy
one must move; is five miles
in one day enough

Woken early to assist family; stopped at the one hundred year flood
plain vibrant with wild flowers (surrounded by a circular path). Brief s
top back home before walking to the library, just to see if I could.
On the way home stopped for a bowl of soup before the return journey.
There is always motion in any given day – all toll about five miles plus.

energy to heal
aid in a good night’s sleeping
in one day; enough

©JP/dh

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Just Karma 199 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 199
honks…
(renga)

early sky reveals
geese making a figure eight
flight …a practice run?

six days into autumn they
announce their presence, “Watch us!”

I stopped, looking up
at their graceful flight, broken
V – amid the blue

©JP/dh

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Just Karma 198 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 198
Seventy-five Thousand
(Elfje series)

Thousands
Of steps
Can be achieved
Even without leaving one’s
Home

Trick
May be
To not count
Repeated trips up and
Down

And
Going back
And forth the
Full length of one’s
Abode

©JP/dh

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Just Karma 197 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 197
Change of Route/Routine
(Elfje series)

Scarf
Wound around
My silent throat
Walking briskly to stay
Warm

Too
Much dew
Already sniffing, not
Going to get feet
Wet

Traffic
In the
Morning at the
Bottom of the hill;
Retreat

Sun
Barely up
Beyond this dawn;
pink clouds foretell arriving
Warmth

©JP/dh

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Just Karma 196 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 196
Continuing Education
(a haibun)

Over the years I have paced my area around my home
attempting to maintain a few gardens, adding some trees
to attract the birds and the bees…

The other day I had a gent walk about with me – helping
To identify that which the wind or animals had gifted me –
that which I did not plant myself…

Virginia Creeper, Honeysuckle, Box Elder, Horsechestnut,
just to name a few and others I’ve already forgotten –
perhaps when he comes back to do some clearing I’ll
make myself a booklet for easy identification, but not
at dusk when the mosquitoes choose to nibble us both!

fascinating tour
right in my own gardens; I
find nature teaches

©JP/dh

http://www2.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/virginia_creeper.htm
The Virginia creeper plant, also called American ivy, ampelopsis and woodbine, can cause
a skin rash, according to the Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Information Center. The Virginia creeper
plant has sap that contains oxalate crystals, a substance known to cause skin irritation and rash
….Just because it doesn’t bother some people, does not mean it’s harmless. Although it seems
to affect a small percentage of the population, if you’re one of them – watch out!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeysuckle Also attracts Monarch butterflies and Luna moths.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_negundo

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Just Karma 195 September 2016 wp

Just Karma 195
Grand ‘Son’
(haibun)

Just how busy can a six year old keep you? Train tracks have trains traveling
a maze of wooden trails, some leading to another group of toys set up as a
stop on the town…taking up all the square footage of the room.

We get derailed out into nature to visit two different parks; Climbing rocks,
scampering over bridges, sliding and hiding in tubes and tunnels before
escaping the heat into the library.

The silo room is filled with building toys, a different train; another country of
building blocks for imaginative play – We borrow some videos for perhaps a
quiet time after stopping at the library cafe store for a snack and books!

Once back home lunch is but a refueling station, milked for all it is worth;
Grama breathes while the video entertains the child who will rest, but not nap.

There is a request for macaroni cargo for the trains to haul, after a brief look
at the huge spider web found outside…Daddy arrives and Son of Son does
not want to leave – It’s the first time in a long time he’s had Grama all to himself
without Little Miss joining them. Ever the negotiator Son of Son pleads for a
repeat of the day…tomorrow…

grandchildren; blessings
change the scheduled plans of peace –
brightening our daze

©JP/dh

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