a dove escapes
the magician’s hat
Posted on Kirsten Cliff’s blog, Swimming in Lines of Haiku, 18 July 2013, in response to her July challenge, “I Quote, You ‘Ku.” Today’s quote was:
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”
(The challenge, in Kirsten’s own words:
“… is to write a haiku or tanka (or choose one of your previously published works) that has a connection with the themes/feelings/images of the above quote, without just restating what has appeared in the text, to create a haibun. Play around with it and see what you come up with. Enjoy!”)
The garden at the back of the Edwardian terrace which is my London home is small but compact. A Magnolia Grandiflora Exmouth grows in its middle, a variety that keeps its glossy, oblong leaves in winter and blossoms in summer. White, deliciously fragrant flowers grace the tree unfailingly, giving me hours of pleasure upon my return from my European excursions. But the neighbor complains about the tree shading her garden. Each year I chop off branches to keep her happy. Each year I dread hearing from her.
a dove crosses
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