I’ve been feeling stressed for months—deadlines, caring for my mom, trying to fit everything in, waiting for the next disaster. I take a morning walk in the riverside park before the predicted downpour arrives. There I find a bit of magic, a bit of healing. Life goes on.
leaves fall on a silent world—
time pauses, deer leaps
I’m linking this Haibun to dVerse’s Open Link Night. Lillian asked for some treats. Seeing deer is a treat for me (as long as they’re not in the road).
I can totally relate to your feelings, Merril. Lately, I feel I’m trying to write as fast as I can before that next disaster. It’s definitely not a good place to be. Before Haibun.
Thank you so much, Jill. Yes, it’s not a good feeling at all.
What gorgeous pictures Merril – I feel calmer looking at them. Hope things ease up and have a restful weekend.
Thank you so much, Susan! Hope all is well with you.
Gotta love that nature ❤
Yes, indeed. Thank you!
Thank you, Shirley!
Wonderful way to relieve your stresses. Beautiful capture and haibun.
Thank you, my friend!
Seeing deer is indeed a treat and I’m so glad they’re allow you time to photograph them so the rest of us can share in the treat. Infrequently I see deer when I go on a nature walk at work, but they’re either too far away or they run away. Know that I’m thinking about you and wish you well. Sending you lots of virtual hugs.
Aww–thank you so much, Marie! Sometimes the deer run, and sometimes they don’t. I don’t get too close because I always feel like I shouldn’t disturb them. Got the hugs–thanks! 🙂
I really struggle with my desire to get close-up nature photos and my judgement to keep a respectable distance from the subject. Like you, I tend to the latter but for selfish reasons. I don’t want to disturb them but what I really want is to enjoy the sight of them as long as possible 😉
Blessed nature! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much! Thank you for reading.
Beautifully done. This reminds me so much of the Japanese tradition of “forest bathing” — It is in many ways a form of meditation…the walking and breathing in of the forest. Focusing on the myriad shades of green and earth tones…and then to see the deer.
I enjoyed this very much….and I do hope you can take these moments for yourself. Most especially in terms of caring for your mother. Our roles of parenting shift as our parents age. And the calm and livelihood of the caretaker is so very important. Thinking of you this morning….
Thank you very much, Lillian. Yes, perhaps it is a bit like forest bathing–though there’s no forest. 🙂 But yes, just the walking and thinking–and sometimes writing poems in my head. I appreciate your very kind thoughts.
Beautiful post. Nature is always a balm to my soul, too.
Thank you so much!
We need those time-stopping shifts. I hope the feeling slips into more of your life. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe! I saw several murmurations yesterday, and I thought of you. 🙂
I’m glad for the connection!
You so deserve that deer
Aww–thank you, Derrick! 🙂
There is something restorative about nature and solitude. We live near a park, and have a deer who visits our back yard and eats grain from the bird feeder! Beautiful words.
Thank you, Beverly.
They just seem magical to me. 🙂
One grabs what one can in times of acute stress and it’s necessary that one does. Sorry for your troubles.
Thank you so much!
Life can be stressful if one is ever “waiting for the next disaster”.
Thank you, Frank. Yes, of course. I didn’t mean that I normally go through life like that–it’s just been the last few months.
Thank you for this lovely reminder that the natural world continues to exist while our human-made and human-paced lives race along at sometimes breakneck speeds…) Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Thank you very much, Will.
Hopeful and healing haiku, Merril. Beautiful…
Thank you very much, Bette!
DETAILS IN THE THREAD
The tree spreads
The fawn is small
Air – as will water
Will fill or empty
At this time
Large – as small
As time shucks off
Thank you, Ben. Yes, small and large, air and water–time flows on, and it probably does chuckle.
Life goes on. A bit of magic helps.
Sending more healing thoughts, Merril!
Thanks so much, Marian!
There’s nothing like a calm sight to calm the senses.
That’s true, Ken. Thanks!
I understand. I feel. Life goes on but damn it can be hard at times.
Yup. Or frustrating. 🙂
Nature can give us such little miracles that make life a bit easier… I sometimes see deer from the windows in the morning.
Thank you. Yes, those little miracles help us get through the days.
Going outside and spending time looking at the natural word is medicine. We all need this. Take care.
Thanks so much, Ali!