BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding Peace and Contemplation

This week at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, the photo prompt was that of a gnarled tree (and ageing) for the continuing theme of “finding peace and contemplation of worn, imperfect, and transient things.”  Marietta McGregor, who is serving the editor for this series, was kind enough to include one of my haiku in this mix of thoughtful haiku on ageing. It is as follows:

an elderly friend

teaches her about accessories

clip on earrings

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the haiku on the subject of the gnarled tree and ageing, check out www.thehaikufoundation.org and look for Haiku Dialogue under Troutswirl. Thanks Marietta for choosing to include one of my haiku with the rest of the other haiku.

While this pedometer geek usually does not relate the story behind the haiku, this is an exception. Generally, I want the haiku to stand (or fall) on its own merit.  Having said that, I still think this woman deserves to be remembered.  

To read a little about Edna Cornelius, the woman who inspired my haiku, check out www.smithwrite.net/ednac/ednac.html . She was a treasure, who said every woman should wear earrings, and she gave me some. I miss her still, but several of her watercolors hang in our home.

After wearing them a time or two, I discovered just how painful they were, and at age forty-two, I got my ears pierced. I figured the one-time pain couldn’t be any worse. She and my husband were pleased by my wearing earrings.

 I must say it has been more than twenty years since I had my ears pierced, but if I go more than a day without wearing any earrings, the holes in my ears start to close up. I sometimes think that my ears really don’t want to have extra holes in them.  

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding Peace and Contemplation

  1. Jules says:

    🙂 I have never had pierced ears. But I have some clip-on’s that I can wear if I dress up (for about an hour or two). I remember that my one grandmother had the kind that you could screw to pressure…
    most of mine – don’t have that option.

    I think trees can teach us much, just by the different patterns in their bark. 😀

    Congratulations on another haiku being accepted.

    (Oh… I picked up a book of postcards at the library book store for .50 – 20 images of old Shanghai.
    15.00 Yuan/Yen 1 CNY at the moment = .16 USD (so maybe the original cost was about $2.80?)
    Not sure if I’m going to take it apart. I’m still looking for the gargoyle book of Postcards). And I found at the little free library an almost complete booklet of 12 Cape Hatteras National Seashore post-cards from 1988. January was missing, but had an April 1986 PC in it’s place. They are about 4″ x 5 1/2″ in size and probably would need extra postage if mailed!!) The back of the Hatteras booklet had a price tag of 5.95.)

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    • First of all, thank you for the Pride of Susquehanna post card. It arrive yesterday and it is proudly hanging on my refrigerator.

      You certainly find the post card bargains; that is cool. I found some, too, recently through a donation box of books for the local Friends library group. They were of the Great Lakes lighthouses. I purchased them, and if I can remember where I put them I will send one or two your way.

      I have to admit that I have had a decent amount of haiku accepted and/or published in the last week.Some won’t be out for some time, but I had four haiku/senryu in Failed Haiku and of course, two haiku and a butterfly cinquain in Word Weavings’ The Moons of Autumn. You did an awesome job, Jules…the explanation of the various forms really set off the poems for those who may not be familiar with them. The Best of Issue poem was outstanding as were the runners-up. I can understand why you and Colleen struggled over the decision.

      Good for you not having your ears pierced. An hour or two tops was as long as I ever could stand clip on earrings.That you can tolerate them, cool. Take it easy.

      Congrats again on an outstanding journal, JP.

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      • Jules says:

        I don’t get my copies until Thursday (of the book). Colleen did so much with setting things up, the explanations and dealing with ‘Zon’…

        Wow that you just got that PC. I lucked out again at the Little Free Library – All 16 in The Freedom Trail Collection (Boston, Mass) envelope. Maybe I’ll send you a couple of those!! They are normal size 😉

        You are the one who got me ‘hooked on’ and looking for PC!! (((Hugs)))

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  2. I blame the post card fascination with two people: a college friend of mine and my best friend from home. Post cards are fascinating for sure.


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