Haiku Friday: Pain

zen gardenHere’s my haiku for today, on the subject of Pain:

look inside your pain

you’ll find a wizened jedi

like Yoda, he is

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: X is a Fox Walking Backward — I

I IbexSee my April 2nd post in the “Serial Fiction” tab above for the story of my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 9 (previous pages also can be found on the Serial Fiction tab):

 

 

I

Ibex

An ibex is a wild goat who lives in the mountains.

His horns curve backward, but for the ibex

this is the way horns are supposed to curve.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: MY Rosebuds

deerAlex Terrgi here. The other day I was looking out the window of my house that’s in what the human calls the “dining room” although she never lets me eat in there. The dining room is on the second floor overlooking the back yard. When I sit by the window I have a great view of our rosebushes and trees. I like to know what’s going on out there, because the back yard is part of my territory. So every day I check the dining room window and make sure nothing is going on that shouldn’t be going on.

And on this particular day I was upset to see that two deer had wandered into the back yard, which they wouldn’t have done if the human had let me go outside. Even if they did show up, I would have chased them away – I’m good at chasing things, even big things like deer. I growled but I don’t think the deer heard me because they ignored my growl and made their way over to the rose garden and began to calmly eat the rosebuds. So I scratched on the window with my paw, and they did hear this because both of them looked up and right into my eyes.

I tried to tell the deer with my eyes to get their hairy deer butts out of my territory, but they seemed to know there was a window between us because after staring at me for a couple minutes they went back to eating the rosebuds. How dare they eat MY rosebuds?!

When they were finally done there was not a single rosebud left. My human likes roses, and I could have protected her roses if she’d let me out, but she wouldn’t because she thought I might chase the deer too far away and get lost. She has no trust in me at all. Even if I had run far away, I could find my way back. Well, I hope she likes her rose-free garden, and if she doesn’t it’s her own fault.

Haiku Friday: Choice

haiku pic 2Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of Choice:

you can love rodents

you can love insects and sharks

you choose who to love

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: X is a Fox Walking Backward — H

H HippoSee my April 2nd post in the “Serial Fiction” tab above for the story of my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 8 (previous pages also can be found on the Serial Fiction tab):

 

H

Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus’ name means “river horse”

although he looks more like a pig than a horse.

He is bigger than most pigs & has bigger teeth too.

Compost: Time for a Day Off

birthday cakeMay 19th is my birthday. I’ve always been glad my birthday is in the bloomiest part of the spring, and I usually try to take this day off work to celebrate. Therefore no blog post today! Blogging is work, you know; it takes time to come up with ideas to blog about, it takes time to write those ideas down, and time to edit them, and – well you get the picture. I love my work, but my life is bigger than that, and my birthday reminds me of this fact. Birthdays also remind us of time passing, and it seems to pass faster the more birthdays you have. How many more chances I’ll have to celebrate my birthday, I don’t know, so I’m not passing any of them up.

Off to do something bloomy.

Haiku Friday: Art

haiku pic 3Here’s my haiku for today, on the subject of Art:

release your artist

out in the world she may fall

but her art may rise

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

Serial Fiction: X is a Fox Walking Backward — G

G GooseSee my April 2nd post in the “Serial Fiction” tab above for the story of my children’s ABC book, X is a Fox Walking Backward. Every Wednesday I am sharing one page of this book. Here is page 7 (previous pages also can be found on the Serial Fiction tab):

 

G

Goose

A goose is a big white bird

who says “Honk” when she is angry,

which is most of the time.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Licking

Puppy licking childs faceAlex Terrgi here. I’ve noticed that humans tend to not like being licked by dogs. I’m not sure why. Licking is one of the best ways to show you love someone. No one should turn down love, no matter in what form. Right?

Humans often tend to say things like “Ewww” or “Ugh” or “Yuck” when I try to lick them. This makes no sense to me. Human rules are not consistent. I’ve noticed that sometimes two humans will come together and put their lips on each other, and sometimes they even suck each other’s tongue. If I could speak, I might say “Ewww” myself. I don’t suck anyone’s tongue. So where do they get off thinking my licks are yucky?

The Cat is with me on this. She lets me lick her all over, and sometimes she even lets me put her whole head in my mouth. She knows I will not bite her. I let her lick me too, and I like it – her tongue is raspy and feels really good.

Human babies and young children also usually like dog licks, until they are turned against it by human grown-ups with their “Yucks” and “Icks.” Why do humans try to mess with nature? Babies are born wise, they should be allowed to stay that way.

Let me say it again: Licking equals loving. The next time your dog licks you, remember this and do not say “Ewww.”

Haiku Friday: Tails

haiku pic 1Here’s my haiku for today, on the subject of Tails:

if humans had tails

we would crust them with jewels

and drape them in silk

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.