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.