Walkin’ in This Moment

Karin at Real Toads prompts us to write about this moment in time.  Everyday in all weathers, I walk,  I usually hum or sing while I walk.  I am glad no one is around to hear!

Walkin’ in This Moment
“And I sang with all my might
And she said
“Tell me are you a Christian child?”
And I said “Ma’am I am tonight”    Marc Cohen Walkin’ in Memphis

warm day in February
and drizzling rain.
Wearing my cowboy hat
with the silver band.
Down to the culdesac,
back up to the top of the hill.
Past the woods where my best friend lives
and down to the gurgling creek.
Hands in my pockets
and singing aloud with all my voice.
Walkin’ in Memphis…
But do you really feel the way I feel?

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 15:50:19

    I like these haibun you are writing at present. There is a real immediacy to them.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 15:51:18

    I love to walk also…. there is something calming about moving your body… wonderful


  3. kanzensakura
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 16:07:40

    Yes it is. I walk every day unless I am sick, which is rare. Snow or heat, it doesn’t matter.


  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 16:24:00

    These days I use a four wheeled walker, but I put in my half mile when the weather permits. So you poets with the strong legs can be my proxy; I will walk with you through your words; smile.


  5. sanaarizvi
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 16:52:20

    Oh this is absolutely exquisite, Toni! ❤️ I can feel the rhythmic beat throughout and love “Hands in my pockets and singing aloud with all my voice. Walkin’ in Memphis…But do you really feel the way I feel?” Yes! 🙂


  6. Vivian Zems
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 17:33:52

    Love the scene and the tune, Toni!


  7. ManicDdaily
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 18:33:05

    A poem that puts one in the moment and makes one question it. Thanks! K.


  8. Mish
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 19:42:43

    It sounds like a beautiful walk. I think walking is under rated. I love it….and if I were there I would sing through the forest with you!


  9. Grace
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 20:44:42

    Walking and singing go together!


  10. rothpoetry
    Feb 07, 2019 @ 21:07:03

    I love Marc Cohn’s version of Walking in Memphis! It fits so well with our feelings about living in the moment! Well done! Also reminds me of a song of long ago, Just Walking in the Rain… getting soaking wet..


  11. Brendan
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 05:49:09

    Good question, Toni. If we hang it loose we’re all Christian chillen tonight. You live in the moment well, or your lines do — in media rest and humming. Thanks. Wish I had your song today.


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 08, 2019 @ 07:14:26

      I wish you did too. It ain’t easy being an orphan. You know, one reason I write haiku is because it is written in the moment, in the now. No ponderous ponderings, no mournful meanderings. Simply, this is here, this is now. This is the moment. I have my times of grief and pain, but the nows free me from dwelling in them. The Japanese have a philosophy of living in the now, in the season. They look forward to the cherry blossoms and their brief beauty knowing the blossoms will quickly die and fall to the ground. They honor their dead in yearly festivals and move on. Watching my mother slowly die is one of the most torturous things I have lived through. Losing three friends to suicide within two months of each other in the same year was hard.. I leave you with two haiku: white wisteria – ghosts in the trees weeping with the misty spring rain

      summer passing – tree branches weep rain tears lost in pond below

      Be at as much peace as you can be today Brendan.

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  12. Brendan
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 05:49:37

    res not rest


  13. annell4
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 09:15:33

    Your’s is a great song!!


  14. Frank Hubeny
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 09:43:40

    It has been some time since I heard that song. Nice way to feature it.


  15. Charmed Chaos
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 11:55:28

    I love your walk Toni. Sing it girl!


  16. kim881
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 12:14:53

    Toni, you had my feet tapping and I was ready to walk and sing with you! I’ve never owned a cowboy hat but imagine that it gives you a special kind of jaunty feeling!


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 08, 2019 @ 13:01:30

      Not only that, it protects you from the sun and like a bowler, it funnels the rain off you. A couple of years ago I went with my husband hat hunting. He found this wonderful crush Stetson with a silver band. Alas, it was too small for him. I fell in love with it and bought it for myself. I have the straw version that I wear in 90+ degree temps. Much cooler. Much more comfy than those cloth caps people seem addicted to in this neck of the woods!

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  17. Sherry Blue Sky
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 14:01:58

    I love the image of you, walking along, singing. Yay!


  18. memadtwo
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 23:51:17

    It’s a great song, and you’ve got the rhythm down. (K)


  19. Frank J. Tassone
    Feb 09, 2019 @ 11:27:38

    A beautiful, in-the-moment poem, Toni! 🙂


  20. Susie Clevenger
    Feb 09, 2019 @ 15:40:29

    Music always accompanies me when I walk. I love the song, Walking in Memphis. I’ve walked Memphis streets many times, especially Beale St.


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 09, 2019 @ 21:56:56

      I love Memphis as well. When I was in university in Nashville, I would make a regular run once a month. Great barbecue too. I mainly am silent when I walk as I like to concentrate on the songs of nature around me. But this day, I was walking and singing.


  21. coalblack
    Feb 09, 2019 @ 19:27:58

    I love this. You painted it perfectly because you always have a knack for the telling detail, but not TOO MUCH detail. *sigh* This was my poem for the day. Yes. Btw, I adore Marc Cohn.


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