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Mary Eastland's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 08-29-2009 04:57 AM
Mary Eastland
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Status: Public
Entries: 71
Comments: 42
Views: 263,696

In General Dad, Too. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #42 New 01-17-2016 02:33 PM
It seems wrong to write a haiku for my dad in Aikido class. Like copying, maybe. Mom would not approve: too inclusive. I am going to do it anyway.

1st attempt:
You are big and strong and red-faced,
Blue eyes, above a white gi,
Can you roll?

I feel the fear in my gut as I write that. You are invited, dad; you seem too big for my dojo.

2nd attempt:
Leave anger with your shoes,
bow in,
Your athleticism is welcome.

My dad did not seem to understand aikido. Maybe he did though. He probably knew a lot more than I thought he did. I never listened to him or valued his experiences.

3rd attempt:
Here -- grab my wrist.
No. Go practice with Ron.
He will help you.
He might hurt me and I will lose all the strength I have gained here.

4th attempt:
Good job, Dad. Relax more.
No. I am not ready yet.
Practice with someone else.

How can writing this feel so scary? He has been dead for 20 years. Words feel scarce and I want to stop.

Last attempt for now.
I see your soul in my grandson's blue eyes,
I do love you. Here grab my jo.
No Closer.

It's a start. Tears well in my eyes and my heart opens a speck.
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