Haibun: Bathing the Turtle

Sheltered by a stand of willows, I watch a young boy giving his pet turtle a scrub in the pond. Obviously this turtle’s well cared for, and no disease will carry it away. Such empathy! I fight the urge to cry out, “What a great kid!” If only I had some flowers to leave to show my appreciation for this boy’s tenderness. But I must go. Thankful for this little diversion from the day’s bad news, I turn toward home. It’s a long walk. If I’m lucky, I’ll get there before dark.
All my bitter tears
vanish in a single note
from the blackbird’s throat.


Haibun © by Magical Mystical Teacher


Posted on October 4, 2020, in 5-7-5, haibun, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. As they say, empathy is one of the most elements of communication. And this is such a gentle and loving poem.

  2. It is always good to immerse yourself in nature to witness the beauty of the wild places whether forests, rivers, mountains or the sea as well.

  3. Oh, if only ALL species were as kindly mindful of all the other species. Boys and turtles; blackbirds and poets, Poets and their grateful readers. Awesome work, Teach!

  4. What a beautiful story! The culminating haiku pierces the heart – in the best possible way.

  5. This was lovely, a poem to inspire a gentler mood.

  6. That’s so sweet! Such an opposite turn from my prompt poem! And I love the haiku. It brings to mind “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” one of my favorite poems.

  7. A beautiful juxtaposition of joy
    Happy Sunday, Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday


    much love…

  8. How sweet and caring I absolutely love the Haiku


    Love the rhyme from the blackbird’s throat.

  10. beautiful haibun!
    we certainly can have more empathy during these dark times.
    that young boy will grow into a fine young man.

  11. Oh that haiku was stellar!

  12. Simply uplifting, thanks for sharing!

  13. Beverly Crawford

    What a beautiful haiku. A note of sadness comes through.

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