The Next Step

Nanakuli Homestead Cemetery

The tear-stained shadows?
Yes, you may leave them behind—
they will not miss you.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Nanakuli Homestead Cemetery, Nanakuli, Oahu, Hawaii
More One Single Impression poems with the theme “Miss” here
More Sunday Scribblings with the theme “The Next Step” here
More Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda Mi Corazon here
More Mandagstema photos with the theme “Stein” here
More One Shot Wednesday – Week 50 poems here
More Straight Out of the Camera shots here
More Mellow Yellow Monday photos here
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More Ruby Tuesday photos here

Posted on June 12, 2011, in cemetery, Hawaii, Mandagstema, Mellow Yellow Monday, my digital photos, my senryu, Nanakuli, Oahu, One Shot Wednesday, One Single Impression, Postcards from Paradise, Ruby Tuesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, Sunday Scribblings. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. A poignant but lovely shot.

  2. This definitely has the sense of needing to take the next step..away from something painful perhaps..very powerful.. Jae

  3. Hauntingly beautiful! Love the pretty contrast and lovely shadows. Hugs, antonella 🙂

  4. Very thought-provoking shot.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Impressive what you’ve done with those few words!


  7. i like the your caption.

  8. Hi!
    Nice snapshot. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  9. Lovely and poignant.

  10. Wonderful little haiku, the ability to leave it behind and move on is a tough skill to have but this piece can encourage it. Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. this completely moves me.
    thank you. i love it when a handful of words can make the earth tilt.

  12. Love the words! You are very creative and fabulous on poetry 🙂

  13. Oh my, you have captured ‘sadness and missing’ so wonderfully. Brought a tear to my eyes.

  14. You can write, Mag-Myst Teacher!

  15. This one is a heart and mind stopper. thank you.

  16. Hi MMT, yes very nice thoughts. But will
    you miss them? 🙂

    The tear-stained shadows?
    Yes, you may leave them behind—
    they will not miss you.

  17. Succinct and sound advice, beautifully composed.

  18. A lot of story in few words and one poignant picture. Very nice.

  19. Powerful, haunting, and very visual. A perfect match of poem and photo.,

  20. Beautiful words for a beautiful image.

    Have a fabulous week!

    Liz @ MLC

  21. Will they not miss the tears? It is very nice, short and sweet! 🙂

    Have a great week ahead!


  22. “Tear stained shadows” what an image those words make.
    Are they shadows of teardrops shed onto the photograph?

  23. Sad! I do miss my dad!

  24. Powerful haiku and photo. Well done! Have a great week and Happy MYM!

  25. Lovely Haiku. Yes, best leave moods behind with the past and the shadows. If we take it with us we are only taking more of the same sadness.
    You said it so well in those few words.

  26. The words and picture are so beautiful and meaningful!

  27. I like the way you combine words and photo to a coherent picture.
    But I do miss flowers and people when they are gone.

  28. A very moving, beautiful post!

  29. Great shot. Beautiful words too. Have a great week.

  30. Gorgeous!

    Yellow Lily, have a great week ahead!

  31. Hi MMT,

    I LOVE your picture and Haiku today. And, I really super enjoyed your comment poem on what to feed shadows! I would love to see your poems illustrated, like a Shel Silverstien book. Hey, that’s a great idea …. you could alternate them with your photos and Haiku’s. ;o

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  32. Beautiful photo! There’s something about it that makes it hard to look away. Well done!


  33. Sad but beautiful! you know what to do with words! beautiful poem!

  34. So sad! You’ve amazingly gotten all those prompts into one beautiful piece of work kudos!

  35. Beautiful! both the shot and the poem. Thanks so much for sharing your heart.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  36. Godt stenvalg..
    kh Inge

  37. and in time you will not miss them…

  38. Well played. I have nothing but admiration for those who can put so much in so few words and sink into the depths of heart at the same time. It is magic.

  39. Lovely picture and text!

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