Walking

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Over at dVerse Pub for Poets Bjorn is pouring and has told us all to take a hike. He would have us write a haibun inspired by that venerable pastime of contemplatives, walking. I walked this way:

Walking

They say time marches on, inexorably forward, can’t stop its hands or its steady feet. They are wrong, and not because sometimes time drags its feet, other times runs, hops, skips, even dances forward. Time is no different than you or I, out for a stroll, this way or that way, walking in circles.

walking in circles

all who wander are not lost

simply on their way

One day, time and a poet went for a walk. They agreed it would be a leisurely pace, no marching; but what direction would they take? They drew straws and time drew short so they went with the poet’s preference. They went wherever sights and sounds and scents led, which was back, back to remembered times and places. They wandered through memories and meandered in reveries. These they recognized as landmarks, so were not disoriented as they circled back to present where they walked without moving, talked without speaking.

taking a first step

getting out of one’s own way

feet lift off the ground

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35 thoughts on “Walking

  1. I like the way these haibun can be read individually or as a composite piece. I must try walking in circles – I haven’t done that since I was a child! My favourite, though, is the story of time and the poet.

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  2. Love all but “These they recognized as landmarks, so were not disoriented as they circled back to present where they walked without moving, talked without speaking.” is so beautifully deep, such a beautiful truth, I want to imprint these words forever in my mind.
    Anna :o]

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      • Koans can be hard to read into… much less walk out of (a labyrinth of meditation?) . Though I’ve been reading how one can change their thinking and possibly escape from the negatives that creep in. Just say ‘Stop’ and move on to a more pleasant and positive thought.

        Yep we too often get in our own way 😉

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