Monday, September 18, 2017

I, a watercolor





My words are dark stones, dry and fading at night.  The burdens of city life staining my tongue ash and grey. I soak it in watercolors and river of calm.   I am very much aware that these negative thoughts are transients, like autumn leaves slipping away in the mercurial winds.  Each morning, I decide to paint my thoughts with nature's vibrant brushstrokes.  Why?   Because I know that I can heal myself, restore myself again when I am out of balance.  My writing is therapeutic and as I write positive affirming words, so I am lifted on wings of serenity.   

pumpkin-yellow leaf,
a still canvas of autumn-
gulls fly overhead-



Posted for Dverse Poets Pub - Haibun Monday, hosted by Toni (Kanzansakura).   Thanks for the visit ~

31 comments:

  1. Ah Grace, this is wonderful. Your words are beautiful -- your imagery stunning. And yes....writing is healing, affirming, a self treatment if you will. I'm smiling...as I think of the haibun I just posted....so plain spoken, simple. Yours and Bjorn's so stunningly beautiful. Ah my --- the diversity of dverse :) Happy Haibun Monday!

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  2. First I love what you did with the title... and I do understand so well to have that connection with nature every morning. That is what I love with bicycling to work. Your haiku is lovely and connects so much to season.

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  3. Yes! So healing. I love that joyful intention every morning. I love the image of the stones fading and drying. Lovely seasonal haiku, too.

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  4. I like to think of mine as therapeutic as well. It makes sense that it is a way to heal oneself which is a positive approach to poetry.

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  5. Writing is therapeutic indeed. You paint your thoughts well. XX

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  6. So beautifully written. We all indulge in the auto-therapy of words!

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  7. Nature is my refuge as well -- especially the forest. I try to go there every day to heal my urban wounds.

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  8. There's such a sad undertone to this haibun. A mix of wonder and sadness, I think.

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  9. Just to take it in and connect is a good way to self detect.

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  10. Emotionally effective. The haiku resolves all that passed before.

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  11. restoration and balance. I can relate to that!

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  12. So refreshing is your poetry, Grace, and like a watercolor is. Light, not heavy...soft, not brooding.

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  13. Autumn's here! The time when the earth is at it's prettiest in my opinion.

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  14. I love the extended metaphor that runs througMout the haibun and the colours are so vivid, Grace, yet gentle and calm.

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  15. This is amazing! The gist poured in these lines and that to with sweet healing power.

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  16. I like your second line Grace and how you imply what city life tastes like to you and when taken in concert with the first line about your words you convey a sense of lost art. But then you third line offers a prescription to make it through the season. Maybe I should look for water color puddles and calm creeks? Well done ma'am.

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  17. We poets are self-healing creatures, for sure Grace. And our words are the soothing salve. No one else can "fix" us. They have no clue where to begin like we do.
    I enjoy your work very much. It inspires me.

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  18. I can't forget the image of you soaking your "tongue" in watercolors and calm. Poetry is a form of self-soothing for me, too. Beautifully expressed!

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  19. You have put your thoughts together in a very beautiful way...watercolor.

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  20. I love "My words are dark stones, dry and fading at night"!

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  21. A beautiful haibun Grace. 'Each morning, I decide to paint my thoughts with nature's vibrant brushstrokes' is a powerful healer :o) xxx

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  22. A stellar haibun, with an inspiriting message that is so germane in these troubled times when, I think we must all be proactive in keeping ourselves in a balanced state of mind ... restoring ourselves through communion with nature and thoughtful introspection.

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  23. Gorgeous work, Grace! I love, 'The burdens of city life staining my tongue ash and grey. I soak it in watercolors and river of calm.'

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  24. I like how you use the flight of autumn leaves to show the departure of negative thoughts and as part of your healing haiku. Janice (ontheland)

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  25. You have an amazing writing style Grace. It's always a pleasure to read your poems.

    Have a good week!

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  26. I love the positive affirmations of this post. Much needed reminder.

    - Nimue

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  27. loved the haiku...and the thoughts...beautiful!! I am reading you after a long time...missed you!

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  28. Fascinating that it is intentional positive self-therapy -- using sensual and nature.

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  29. I love the your beautiful imagery and the idea of painting oneself, or one's thoughts, like a watercolor. The haiku is lovely.

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  30. The first line alone is so inticing! Thank you!

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