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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 17

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go."

~Hermann Hesse

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. a play of love
    for entire mankind
    I plant
    in dream, a world of garden
    full of flowers and friendship

    (Diogen, Feb 2012)

  2. The messiah says
    if I can teach people just
    this: "learn to let go"

  3. gypsy moth...
    the wind tugs
    at a brown leaf

  4. when the limb
    cannot hold another snowflake;
    another snowflake

  5. murrumbidgee -
    a submerged log letting go
    of the morning

    Note: Murrumbidgee, a large river in SE Australia

  6. July 17: holding

    I ask if I can stay
    I drop her roses in the gutter

    Gary B