A family meal
We take for granted daily
Sharing food and love
For many, something as simple as sharing a meal is out of their reach. It is not my place to launch into a lengthy philosophy about the wrongs of the world at this time or be so naive as to suggest that all we need to do is sit down and eat a home-cooked meal, but if you have the chance to share a meal with someone you care for then treasure this chance. It is a very precious and increasingly rare thing. It is a distillation of what is fundamentally needed by us all…sustenance and friendship.
In French, the equivalent to our English phrase “I will miss you.” translates as “You are missing from me.” The ones we love make up an essential part of our lives; the French reflects this. Without them we are incomplete. A part of us is missing. That is why it hurts so much when we lose ones we love. It is like losing a part of ourselves. This is why sharing friendship is so powerful (and sometimes so hard). You have the potential to become a part of someone else and it is why we should never treat friendship lightly.
My Garden of Friendships
In a world of troubles,
I keep a small garden of my friendships.
Sometimes, when the season is right,
It bursts into flower,
And night and day there is the sound of happy laughter,
Filling the air with delicious fragrance.
Sometimes I find,
I forget to apply appropriate nourishment at the right times,
And the parched bed of drooping plants accuses me…
It usually comes back on again.
And a rare friendship died…
I hope in someone else’s garden,
There is a little plant, well cared for,
With a little plastic label,
Many thanks to the wonderful folks who jumped on board last week and shared their poetry on the Haiku Challenge “Anniversary” post.
Edwina’s Episodes had an intriguing photo posing a very interesting question.
Elusive Trope matched an image of stark beauty with a great, inspired haiku.
Darklight Harbour produced a wonderful melange of all the past prompts to produce a magical sequence of haiku. I really love this.
Pat B has matched some beautiful images with her lovely haiku about weeds. There is beauty in many things if you look for it.