Praise the Lord: A Haibun

This is my morning ritual, taught to me by the elders—women I met on holy ground. Turning to the east, I place a poem on my tongue, as though it were a communion wafer. Like the wafer melting in a faithful person’s mouth, I know the poem on my tongue will die if I do not sing it aloud, whether anybody hears it or not. So I sing: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Five times I sing the ancient words. And after the fifth time I laugh, for things all round me have joined the song: chickadees and caterpillars; butterflies and blacksnakes; mosquitos, mergansers, and marigolds. Everything with breath is praising the Lord. And the song is glorious.

Unexpected rain—
the old stone Buddha’s broad lap
now holds an ocean.


Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #268
More Writers’ Pantry #22 at Poets and Storytellers United


Posted on May 31, 2020, in 5-7-5, haibun, haiku, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. There is a loooooooong list of lyrics / phrases / random utterances that I’m prone to repeating ad nauseum (I prefer to think of it as ‘chanting’), though actually doing so generally makes My Beloved Sandra relocate, well out of earshot.

    Wonderfully haibunned Sunday, Teach!

  2. I love the idea of singing out a poem aloud 😀 and how you refer to it as a wafer melting in a faithful person’s mouth! 💝💝

  3. How absolutely wonderful! I love that everything sings with you. I had a friend no longer with us who used to say, in his mind, “I love you” to every tree, dog, dandelion, bush that he passed. He said after a few minutes he felt everything start loving him back. A young Nuu chah nulth woman with whom I study, tells us to announce ourselves to the forest: that the trees know we are coming, so to let them know we come in peace with good intentions, in appreciation. I love that. I know they are so aware of us.

  4. When you’re as one with the world, it does, indeed, sing with you. Nicely described.

  5. I am so in love with this haibun!

  6. I love that ocean – all around!

  7. Helen Dehner

    This is spiritual, beautiful, inspirational.

  8. What a glorious haibun this is. I loved it.

  9. Lisa at Greenbow

    Singing out loud.

  10. lovely! i feel so elevated. well done.

  11. Tim Schaefer

    I’m ready to join in. I’ll be in excellent company.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Lift your voice with us, then!

      On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 3:55 PM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. Lovely right, MMT. I will praise my maker while I have breath. 🙂

  13. J Cosmo Newbery

    That’s lovely!

  14. Very nice, I might should try doing it, for sure it would arouse the still sleeping roaches and scare them away. A truth, I was once told by a Methodist church choir director that he would like for me to not sing in His choir as I had a bad ear. So I quit singing.

  15. Excellent, uplifting haibun.

  16. In my case, “a joyful noise.” Thank you for the thought.

  17. Beautiful spiritual!

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