Haibun: Everyday Life

For Poets United Mid-week Motif – everyday life

Haibun: Everyday Life
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyday is a day of peace. Before I retired four years ago, I grasped at the beauty on weekends like a drowning person grasped at a lifesaver, like a dying person grasps for the last look at a beloved face. I hungrily snapped up the vision of leaves, the feel of rain, the silken scarf of moonlight, the smell of French toast for breakfast. I binge cooked on the weekends making meals to feed us during the week, smells of bread and red sauce, pot roast and fried chicken, quick breads and cinnamon and ginger and onions wafting through the house. Now I walk daily – in the rain, the snow, the blistering hot sun. I visit my friend the Oak every other day and sometimes take my violin and sit in its upper branches sawing away for the birds and squirrels. Peace. A commodity more important than money to me. The quotidian details are there but now they are happily supplemented with all I had starved for before.
the autumn cool
says blessed and happy –
and the name of peace

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 13:55:44

    I really enjoyed reading this. Your haiku is lovely!


  2. susanstoo
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 15:06:12

    Indeed! What was snatched “hungrily” on weekends becomes a satiating daily life.


  3. Misky
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 15:30:24



  4. Sherry Marr
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 16:35:39

    Wonderfully peaceful. I feel the same way – peace has always been the most important thing to me. And how I love now having the time to bask in the joys of everyday life.


  5. magicalmysticalteacher
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 17:15:49

    I will delight in the touch of the “silken scarf of moonlight.” Who needs anything more?


  6. Ron.
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 17:28:29

    Just over 3 years into my own retirement. It took me about a minute and a half to settle in. Aaaahhhh…..


  7. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 18:35:13

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Toni Spencer’s latest #haibun for Poets United!


  8. oldegg
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 19:27:46

    What a beautiful haibun Toni, relating the pleasure of your present life. Let’s hope we can all be blessed with such contentment.


  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 23:34:50

    One can be busy and “at peace” but it takes a special understanding of what “joy” means – and perseverance to keep on track. Yes, I too live too much for the weekends and sometimes remember to let stress and worry go during the week….


  10. memadtwo
    Oct 10, 2019 @ 02:40:03

    Visiting with friends who no longer have 9-5 jobs is a huge bonus. (K)


  11. jaerose37
    Oct 10, 2019 @ 05:04:45

    It sounds like reaching a place of contentment – and a gratitude for every day


  12. Vivian Zems
    Oct 10, 2019 @ 09:15:10

    I’m with you here. Peace is the most precious.
    My tummy grumbles as I imagine your cooking 😊


  13. Rall
    Oct 11, 2019 @ 04:10:38

    Excellent poem. And didn’t those precious weekends fly? After Many years I no longer get that sinking feeling on Sunday night of having to turn up on Monday. However I still get that magic Friday night feeling which is good


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