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Friday, July 12, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 12

Suppose someone told you
that there was something that spoke to you every night,
that always presented you with a truth about your own life and soul,
that was tailor-made to your individual needs and particular life-story,
and that offered to guide you throughout your lifetime,
and connect you with a source of wisdom far beyond yourself.
And, furthermore, suppose that all of this was absolutely free.
Naturally you would be astonished that something like this existed.
Yet this is exactly the way it is with our dreams.

~John A. Sanford in Dreams and Healing

Your challenge 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!

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  1. her smile
    blossoms in the garden of life
    the moist breeze
    swings on the wings of butterflies
    unveiling the early morning dream

    --Fire Pearls 2 : Masterpieces of Love and Passion Anthology, M Kei (Ed.), June 2013

  2. My dreams and nightmares
    have a quality of truth
    but cannot be truth

  3. rose in a glass
    by my bedside-
    a dream
    of flying...
    not falling

  4. July 12: dreams

    the dream cost nothing until I remembered I could not pay the price

    Gary Blankenship

  5. searching for my totem
    an ant
    brushed away