Haibun: Give Thanks

“I’m too tired to be grateful,” I growl, and sip a third cup of coffee. I listen to my watch ticking. I remember the scent of the tangerine I peeled on a long-ago Thanksgiving Day. The citrus oils stung my chapped fingers, making me wince. But that was the best tangerine I have ever tasted. And the longer I live, the more clearly I see that I can choose how my day will go by changing my attitude. “Don’t be fooled,” I say to myself, “gratitude is the path to contentment. Make every day a holy day. Give thanks.”

autumn meander—
making my way toward twilight
with a few detours


Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Posted on November 22, 2020, in 5-7-5, haibun, haiku, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Nice haibun, Teach. I count on such reminders daily. Thanks.

  2. Only on maturing i realised that “as the crow flies” is best left in Mathematics


  3. Scents have a way of lingering in our memory. I love holidays. Holy days are something too.


    You reminded me that I still remember an orange I ate on a highway exit near Houston. I was so thirsty and it never tasted as good since then. Love the meander and detour avoiding progress felt here.

  5. This is resonant–the memories stacking and slipping around the holidays.

  6. Lovely! I too am reminded of the smell, and taste like nothing since, of blood oranges in Spain. I have never found one to taste the least bit good since. Meandering is so much nicer than a straight line.

  7. I love the prose, especially then promising ending. I agree, it’s up to us to make every day holy, to celebrate the wonders ame people we have.

    The haiku is a reinforcing glimpse.

  8. I love this .. chock full of good old fashioned wisdom. Cheers.

  9. Beverly Crawford

    Time spent in gratitude improves the attitude!

  10. Yes we are powerful over our attitudes, our moods, even our thoughts. Gratitude is such a good antidote to negativity. Enjoyed your writing very much.

  11. It’s strange isn’t it that we recall instances from the past so easily that have impressed us. I wonder whether we all have those little memories important only to ourselves?.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Dear Old Egg: The simple answer to your wondering question is yes. And when we die, the importance of those memorable moments dies with us. At least, that’s my bittersweet take on things.

      On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 4:14 PM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. The prose is wise and the haiku is beautiful.

  13. A sunset or sun rise is usually enough to make us smile!

  14. What a lovely Haibun. Absolutely beautiful. 🙂

  15. Every day a holy day — yes!

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