July 30, 2014 § 15 Comments




on the face

of the garden buddha –

water drops







Image courtesy Suresh Gundappa

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§ 15 Responses to lachrymal

  • F.G.M. says:

    and they are not its tears, rather the simple pearls of his peace…
    have a nice day Rachael, and thank you 🙂

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      No, they are not tears – but if they were – perhaps this is a reminder that to weep can be many things, including an expression of joy.
      Have a good day, my friend 🙂

  • lorriebowden says:

    Very profound…it really made me think! Great day:)

  • redgladiola says:

    Compassionate. Love it. ❤

  • Miranda Stone says:

    You made me break out my dictionary again, Rachael. 😉 (Another reason I love your poems–they expand my vocabulary!) Your words are a perfect companion to the image you chose. Both strike me as very peaceful.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you. I love the word – and its plural ‘lachrymae’. It took me hours to find the right image. As often happens, I’ve written the haiku then hunt for the picture, can’t find one, then change the haiku! But that’s okay – it usually gets to be better!
      There’s been stuff I’ve been working through right now, and the idea of ‘good tears’ has been on my mind 🙂

      • Miranda Stone says:

        That’s such an interesting process, how you write the haiku and then revise it to more appropriately match the image you’ve found. I’m glad your writing is helping you work through things, my friend. And meditating on good tears is surely more calming than meditating on the “bad” ones, yes?

  • SirenaTales says:

    Have to echo the wonderful Miranda again: I knew “lachrymose” and decided I really needed to look up “lachrymal.” Now I need to figure out how to work the lovely plural “lachrymae” into my conversations –yes, I am a joy to have at cocktail parties :). So, beyond the vocab expansion that you continually facilitate, thank you for this lovely haiku and image. You remind me of that cool fact I read that tears of peace and joy have fewer (or no) toxins that are found in tears of anger (and maybe sadness). When I read your haiku and see the image, I feel refreshed–splendid! Thank you. xoxo

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