Compost: Go With The Flow

Clear WaterWell, 2013 ended on an interesting note. On Columbus Day a water main broke on my street and totally flooded the downstairs of my house plus decimated my landscaping and even wrecked my driveway. Major disruption. Had to be totally rebuilt. Spent a lot of time talking with insurance people, city repair people, and contractors. On the plus side, I learned what “slab jacking” is. (You probably don’t want to know.) The rebuild was still in full swing by Thanksgiving, and two days later I ended up in the hospital with a serious pulmonary problem, and stayed there for four days. I’m recovering now, thank goodness. On the plus side, I learned about the INR. (You probably don’t need to know that either.) Also on the plus side, I got to experience immense gratitude toward the doctors and nurses who got me well, and my family and friends who let me know how much they loved me.

Lately I’ve been pondering the meaning of the word “flow” (as in the advice “go with the flow”). I’m a writer, so pondering words is what I do. I’ve had two very different experiences in badly-managed flow recently. Sometimes it is wise to not dam up the flow, as shown by my experience with a blood clot; but other times if you don’t dam up the flow you get a flooded foundation, as shown by the broken water main. Hmm, just goes to show that words such as “truth” and “good” are, as Einstein said, always relative.

And here I am just passing on my wisdom, as we are supposed to do, right? Except when we should keep our mouths shut and let people learn their own lessons. Ah, more relativity. That damned Einstein.

Happy New Year!

Haiku Friday: Flood

Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of Flood:

after me, the flood
said the King of France, shrugging
let’s not copy him

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.

Haiku Friday: Shrug

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.

At the end of each month I’ll gather up the haikus in the “Haiku Comments” that meet the criteria and pick one at random in a drawing, and send the winner of the drawing one of my e-books: your choice of “Haiku for the Seasons I”, or “Haiku for the Seasons II.”

Today’s topic is “SHRUG” Here is my haiku:

after me, the flood
said the King of France, shrugging
let’s not copy him


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