July 29, 2014 § 12 Comments




in a mulberry tree –







Japanese print. Origin unknown

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§ 12 Responses to doing/being

  • Muddletation says:

    What a beauty this one is! You are on a roll 🙂

  • NEO says:

    A silken thread, perhaps?

  • Miranda Stone says:

    Haha! Before I scrolled down, I read only the first three lines of this poem and believed that was the end of it. Then I saw that last word and laughed in delight. For what it’s worth, I think bugs must be the best meditators. I imagine a spider resting patiently in its web, perfectly still. I like to believe it has no sense of time, and thus no sense of boredom. Does it even have a sense of self beyond instinct? If not, then doesn’t its existence embody the state of meditation we fretful humans strive for? Okay, enough musing for one day. Needless to say, I love this one, Rachael!

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Phew! Ha! I think you must be right on every count. I reckon most animals are in a permanent state of mindfulness (except maybe our pets…)
      It needed that last little word I think – otherwise the haiku was on the verge of taking itself too seriously 🙂

  • SirenaTales says:

    Heh. I had the exact same experience as Miranda–only saw the first three lines for the first reading. Call me too serious, but I liked the three :). With the “maybe”–yes, the burst of delight! Doing, being, being, doing….all potentially meditative for evolved ones like you, right? Thanks for the inspiration, Rachael. Munch on…..xo

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Hah. Thank you my friend. Evolved? Best not to ask me what I would do if I found a caterpillar on something I was growing for the kitchen…munchkins unite 🙂

  • Mélanie says:

    simply magnifique… ❤ tons of inspiration and bonne continuation, cheers! 🙂

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Merci bien, Melanie 🙂 Haiku are inspiring to write and to read. Like dropping a stone in a lake… ❤

  • Love this! I often wonder who are the more evolved species. We have to learn to meditate. Perhaps Caterpillars do it naturally.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you ❤ I'm sure you're right about the caterpillars! Our huge brains are a mixed blessing 🙂

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