embraced by reality           (a haibun) 1.11

embraced by reality           (a haibun)  1.11

Carpe Diem Prompt
See CD 645
Photo by Al of a three masted sailing ship

MLM writing prompt 89
“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” – Pema Chödrön

The few degrees warmer that this morning brought also woke the squirrels,
which he saw pass through the trees. He only ever asked ‘them’ to share
the bird seed. Perhaps he thought if it is my desire to feed birds I should also
feed those squirrels too instead of asking them to share – I should just provide
more seed…

He then let go of his curmudgeon grimaces caused by those he called thieving
squirrels. He let that emotion pass like a full sailed three master for a frown
offered him no comfort and the furred beasts with fluffed tails were only doing
what they would normally do…

It is I, he said who must find the harbor of compassion and let all wild beggars
have their fill without displaying my human characteristics which have little
influence upon natural courses…

arrow flights are curved
compassion is well rounded
sacred is the world

©JP/dh

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19 thoughts on “embraced by reality           (a haibun) 1.11

  1. Very nicely done 🙂
    I too had a humbling “let the squirrels eat” moment when I watched a squirrel chugging water from the bird feeder. This type of weather? Not a lot of water to be had. My heart melted to watch the little thieves —- I mean — critters. 😉

    • I don’t have to deal with a bird bath …having the creek so close.
      Now if I can just get the neighbors to keep their cats in.
      The leash law is for anything with four paws.
      Most folks respect that in regards to most dogs (and even cleaning up).
      But with cats it seems to be a different story.
      It would be different if one lived in the country and needed a mouser for the barn.
      But we are in the suburbs.

  2. I like it when a character learns to change his attitude. I also feel compassion is a good value or characteristic we need more of in this world, Jules! Great writing, as always… Hugs, Robin

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