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Mary Eastland's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 08-29-2009 04:57 AM
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Entries: 71
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Entries for the Month of January 2016

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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In General haiku for my mother -- maybe not Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 01-01-2016 12:50 PM
The self-assigned writing project for the 21st anniversary of my mom's death includes the following criteria:
1. I must write a haiku for my mother.
2. I will write about what my mom would have been like in Aikido class.
3. Use the new skill of the "em-dash."
4. Combine all this in a little blog entry.

Definition of Haiku: A Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally invoking the images of the natural world.

1st attempt at a haiku for my mother -- about my mother training in Aikido.

The gi is tight and white,
I must look big.
I won't go.


The first attempt has little hope. I will try again.

2nd attempt:
Smoldering rage
Pressed down between thin lips.
Reversed with tenkan. No Hope.


There. That was cheery. I have abandoned the 17 syllables in perfect form for now because the process is hard enough because of the subject matter.

I can't seem to wrap my mind around my mother in an aikido class.

When I picture her -- and this makes me well with tears—she is sitting in her green recliner, wearing her wood brown Timberline lace up shoes, white anklets showing under a too short, faded, blue jay colored cotton pantsuit, her curly white hair slicked back with a plastic head band, her reading glasses frame clear blue eyes, her chubby sun-spotted hands folded on her lap as she sits under a cloud of despondency.

Definition of despondency: a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage.

That wo ...More Read More
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