Haibun: Peace of Mind

Lynda Lyberg is the host at dVerse Poets Pub today. She writes about how do we purify our minds? A haibun for the prompt.

Haibun: Peace of Mind
“The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.” ― James Rozoff

Green, fresh, and fragrant as the pines, cedars, and oaks of the forest I wander among them. I learn a lot from these trees, in this forest. Creatures and insects go about their lives without being polluted by man and his bullshit. The creek burbles at the foot of the hill and minnows swim, nipping at the water spiders that skate on the surface. I own this land and have resisted offers to sell it. No price is high enough to destroy this place of peace. When I die, the land is willed to a peace foundation. I keep my mind pure by not allowing the poison into my veins, my mind, my heart, my home. When I die, the land will not be polluted by my ashes; instead they will just be dumped into the garbage can along with the rest of the refuse. I have not done much in my life but this one thing I have done – I have kept a place for my mind to wander away from the filth of humans.
peaceful forest –
peaceful mind –
peace lives here

copyright kanzensakura

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charmed Chaos
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:38:21

    This place of peace sounds wonderful Toni.


  2. sanaarizvi
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:47:43

    A wonderfully serene and philosophical poem, Toni! 💖💖


  3. Jane Dougherty
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:47:49

    Perfect, Toni. It’s exactly how I feel about this place.


  4. Laura Bloomsbury
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:50:09

    “I have kept a place for my mind to wander away” – a true sage speaks here


  5. Sherry Marr
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:59:54

    How cool that your place of peace is willed to a peace foundation and will continue on. The trees and critters will miss your presence though. And your violin playing!


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:01:21

      Thank you Sherry. I think my presence will pass with the wind and the critters will sleep more peacefully without my sawing away. 😊

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  6. lillian
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:17:45

    I would like to walk there with you, Toni. If just for 30 minutes or so. Thank your for your comment on my post. I have been taking stock today on how I can become more actively involved to stop the spread of hatred and divisiveness that is happening in our country. I am brainstorming now….and shall make a list of actual doubles tomorrow. One thing I know, with a few of my friends who I hold dearly to my heart but disagree with their perceptions….I shall no longer hold my tongue but try and kindly discuss. Opening lines of communication with those I can…one small step. Active participation in the next election…..rather than just voting….all things I am contemplating. But oh yes….I still shall enjoy walking, being with grandchildren and doing things that make me smile.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:37:47

      Unfortunatly, I have discovered one cannot discuss kindly with these sort of people. I have, or had a friend who is totally besotted with trump and those who follow him. After trying to discuss logically, I realized there was no alternative but to cut her loose. 30 years! But she feels I am wrong to not accept his hate speech. She basically said, and I quote: either believe in the white people or join the ranks of the illegal brown people. I left my cash on tbe table for my uneaten meal and left the restaurant. That is also one of the sad choices and realities of life today. But I feel cleaner in my soul for having done it. I also discovered during that brief prelude to our meal that she feels “queers ” are going to hell and those who support them. How was I friends with this person for so long and was clueless?

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  7. msjadeli
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 17:21:41

    Toni, I hear you on the preservation of free space for nature to be, without harassment and am holding on to this land for the same reason. I also hear you on cutting friends loose over drumpf. Old friends. It’s shocking what your (now-ex) friend openly stated. The pendulum continues its path…


  8. Frank Hubeny
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 17:28:00

    Good advice: ” I keep my mind pure by not allowing the poison into my veins, my mind, my heart, my home. “


  9. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:19:27

    you are a lot of things, Toni, the least of which is “a simple Southern woman”. Your pragmatism and inner strength permeate this poem. I believe in cremation, but spreading of the ashes, “dust to dust”, is something my wife and I believe in. My wife wants to be sprinkled across the country on a road trip. I’m more like you, but do prefer to be shaken out up in the mountains.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:28:31

      I don’t really care where I am shaken. Dead is dead. I interred my mother’s ashes in the grave of her mother because it was important to her. Like I said, as far as I am concerned I can be put out with the trash. “all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again” from Ecclesiastes 3 It just simply means that we shall return to our original form. This phrase was taken from the book of Common Prayer. My stupid brother-in-law believes you can’t be cremated because on the day “of the Lord’s return” there will be nothing for God to raise. A lot of evilgelicals believe that. A lot of people believe in the funerals and such. I don’t care. My husband feels the same way. I have seen more death the past two years than I have seen in my entire life. That’s why I don’t care. Dead is dead. However you believe, I hope it will be a long time coming for you Glenn.

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  10. rivrvlogr
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:25:21

    There is so much that we spoil. It’s nice to know that you’ve made plans to counter that.


    Aug 06, 2019 @ 23:08:26

    You have conjured a place of peace and magic. The sky looks like a river in that shot.


  12. rothpoetry
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 23:22:40

    Sounds like you have a wonderful place to go to renew your soul!


  13. kim881
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 03:50:22

    I walked with you this morning and I have peace of mind for the rest of the day, Toni, for which I thank you. I enjoyed the sounds of the forest, particularly the burbling creek. What a wonderful idea to leave your land to a peace foundation.


  14. lynn__
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 06:55:19

    Land is a precious gift of which we are grateful stewards…glad it brings you peace, Toni.


  15. memadtwo
    Aug 07, 2019 @ 21:57:01

    Such places are rare in the world today. You are a good custodian. (K)


  16. Frank J. Tassone
    Aug 10, 2019 @ 17:26:57

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    A potent witness to your place of peace! Love the evocative imagery in your prose, especially!


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