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Friday, July 5, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 5

"This we know, the earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected – whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it – whatever he does to the web, he does to himself!"
 
~Chief Seattle

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!

Click here for the first post on how I Quote, You 'Ku works. Every poet who posts a poem this month will be entered into the draw to win a copy of A New Resonance 8.
 

20 comments:

  1. What is climate change?
    The planet has a fever.
    We are the disease.

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    1. I tried to sign with my wordpress blog like yesterday but today it was impossible, this is why I changed into google.

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  3. "This we know, the earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the earth.
    All things are connected – whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth.
    Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it – whatever he does to the web, he does to himself!"

    grandma's funeral --
    a linden tree's roots
    pop out of the ground

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  5. back to the earth
    looking at the stars
    a tiny me

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  6. illusion—not seeing
    mirrored in your own eyes
    the bamboo lemur,
    the amur leopard,
    the river of stars

    Ribbons 7:3, Fall 2011

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  7. "This we know, the earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the earth.

    All things are connected – whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth.

    Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it – whatever he does to the web, he does to himself!"

    ~Chief Seattle

    dust bowl
    how many days until
    we meet again

    Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga (2013)

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  8. Thanks to you all for coming out to play on Day 5! I enjoyed reading your words. :-)

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  9. A tanka from Margarita Engle:

    new sprout
    from an old root
    the secrets
    of hidden life
    in drought-parched soil

    So sorry you had problems posting here, Margarita! Great to see you were inspired by the quote to join in, though. I've put you in the draw. :-)

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  10. This quote took me back to what my grandson at 5 years old told me one day, I have to use his quote.

    "This we know, the earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the earth.
    All things are connected – whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth.
    Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it – whatever he does to the web, he does to himself!"

    “Did you know that sometimes when you touch your own eyelashes, the eyelashes of someone you don’t even know, tremble?” – O’Shea, 5

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    1. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, June. :-)

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  11. prayer sticks . . .
    the calligraphy of pine
    on my sister's grave

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  13. all the beads
    we used to string together
    for someone else . . .
    every minutes counts
    in the shades of sunset

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    1. I didn't even notice that extra little 's', Chrissi!

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  14. creation is mystical
    vast value of life
    compressed in a seed

    World Haiku Review, Vol. 7,Issue 2, August, 2009 (Ed. Susumu Takiguchi)

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  15. July 5: earth

    as the ocean goes
    so goes the salmon
    as the salmon go...

    Gary Blankenship

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  16. spraying weeds
    the butterfly's wings
    slowly close

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