Reflection

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wings flap
hidden in the trees
the water reflects

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Photo: Dublin, Ireland, c.b.w. 2009.

I’ve shard this photograph previously, but the deeply reflective nature of it seems to fit my recent mood to revisit past experiences. Going to Ireland was never really on my list of places to go, but when Grandma says she wants to go, you go. We shared many beautiful memories marveling at the green hills and taking in the warmth of Irish culture, but there were also challenges as she struggled with ailing health. I’m thankful to have those glimmering moments of love, but ache at the hindsight that comes with knowing what was to come.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019

Sedona

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mountains blush
at the sight of a broken
blue sky

 

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Photo: Sedona, Arizona, c.b.w. 2008

It’s funny how we sometimes forget the places we’ve been, even when they are in our own backyards. Eleven years ago I went on a little day trip with my family to Sedona. It became a distant memory that practically disappeared until I found the pictures. A day of awe inspiring scenery, along wonderful memories of my mother and step-father came flooding back and reminded me of the love and beauty that fills my life. Never underestimate the joy that is right in front of you.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019

Rest

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a spot of shade
invites a rest
the birds sing

 

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Photo: Great Mosque, Xi’an, China, c.b.w. 2005.

This photograph has always been among my favorite. As I was walking through the grounds of the mosque, I happened upon this little slice of life. This woman, so different yet so similar to myself, was simply taking a moment for herself – something we all do no matter who we are or where we live. She never saw me, nor does she know I capture this moment, but in this small anonymous encounter I could relate to her very human need for a little solitude.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019