a life of giving
carved in stone
This Haiku is inspired by 3 people this week.
Firstly Jamie and her Photo Challenge prompt word: REMEMBER
Secondly Ronovan and his Haiku challenge prompt words: LIFE and GIVE
“Each month I meet up with a bi-lingual haiku group that is organised by a Japanese Haiku master, (mistress). She encourages us to write 3/5/3 in English as this translates almost perfectly to 17 syllables in Japanese………Be adventurous and have a go at a couple of 3/5/3/ after 5/7/5 and see how you feel!!!”
I’ve had a go and it feels GOOD!
Thank you Denis!
The photo was taken in a cemetery in Tokyo, where I went to find a peaceful spot to have my lunch. The wooden memorial boards (Tohba) are carved to mark an anniversary, either of the date of death, or birth or a special occasion.
Whilst writing this haiku I realised, everyone’s grave marks a life of giving, each one of us gives something during our lifetime …….
When a close friend of mine died many years ago, I had the task of choosing the inscription for her headstone. I adapted a card that I was sent at the time and chose:
“Those who give of themselves live on within the hearts of others”
I had this in mind as I was writing the Haiku.