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Saturday, July 20, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 20

"Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."

~Helen Keller

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. budding flower--
    I restore my hope

  2. what is handicapped
    when the blind see so clearly
    and speak such wisdom?

  3. reading Milton...
    between the lines I find
    my own paradise

  4. many summers ago
    I read rhymes to chickens . . .
    this mouldy old shed
    now shares my secrets
    with spiders and a brown snake

  5. deaf and blind
    she tastes a bit of autumn
    in the late August air

  6. July 20: stillness

    I was so quiet
    I could not hear my soul
    until you reached for me

    Gary B