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Haibun: I Am a Gardener


Several years ago excruciating back pain kept me out of my classroom for the three days. Much can happen, not all of it good, in three days.
 
According to the biblical story of creation, green growing things appeared on Earth on the third day: “…the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind…” (Genesis 1:12).
 
I thought of my students as plants that needed to be watered with praise and nourished with kindness so that they would grow and develop. But for three days they were without water and nutrients. For three days, they had to fend for themselves.
 
Plants that have to fend for themselves often don’t thrive. Weeds may creep in and suck away essential moisture and nutrients. Careless passersby may trample delicate plants. Thieves may jump over the garden wall and steal fruit. Untoward things are bound to happen when the gardener’s away from the garden—even for three days.
 
I remember thinking: I don’t want my students to wither. I don’t want the weeds of apathy to steal their joy of learning. I don’t want their knowledge to be stolen like ripe fruit. I am a gardener. I belong in my garden.
 
Overcast morning—
a blackbird in the orchard
stealthily pecks plums.


 
 

Haibun © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Gardens”

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea at daybreak photo DSC_0255_zpsctuxury9.jpg
Bougainvillea at first light of day, Southern Arizona
 


bougainvillea
waiting for the gardener
to tie up loose ends
 
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Early morning shadows delight the soul.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Tulips

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toothless grandmother
admiring yellow tulips
from her rocking chair
 
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among prisoners
a whispered tale of tulips
just beyond the walls
 
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the gate-side keening
of the gardener at dawn—
his trampled tulips

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Tulips”