Friday, April 04, 2008

Haiku Friday 4/4/08

Haiku Friday


This year is diff'rent.
I feel spring blooming inside.
I'm awakening.


As recently as
just over a year ago
I wrote some poems.

I asked the question,
when can I forgive myself
so that I can breathe?

I was in such pain
and had been for quite some time
but slowly healing.

Some kinds of healing
simply can't be rushed too fast
just by their nature.

It takes time to think,
time to build up the courage
for self-honesty.

It takes time to learn
and accept and understand
yes, I'm human, too.

If it didn't hurt
then I'd have reason to fear;
normal pain is good.

True cliche about
peeling back onion layers
little by little.

Only just now, though,
seeing those words I wrote then,
do I see my growth.

The process goes on,
but I'm getting there, I think
further than I thought.

Stubbornly staying
imprisoned in my past now
is pointless, needless.

If it changed something,
perhaps there'd be some merit;
it doesn't. there's not.

There's still work to do
aligning my head and heart,
moving forward more...

...but today I know
the past can be put to rest -

I'm starting to breathe.


Since I like to count,
two hundred ninety two days
today, me, smoke-free


  1. good for you writing it down honestly! and it must be encouraging to see the progress you've made and be confident it will only continue

  2. Very frank with yourself. That's something to aspire to..and I'm glad you feel you've grown.

  3. It seems we are always hardest on ourselves. It is always difficult to forgive yourself. Glad you are moving forward.

  4. I'm so happy for you, Maggie. You have said a lot here, in Haiku, and I'm thrilled to read it.

  5. Congrats on the progress! Keep it up. :)

  6. Amazing … This ‘Ku
    speaks volumes and ‘resonates’
    with experience

    I have had … The truth
    is our best is good enough
    just the way we are!

    on your progress … Breathing is
    always a good choice ;--)

    I've got two Haiku
    posts on Tennis ... Men's Upate
    and a Women's Too

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. Great haiku. I'm glad you are finding a release and moving forward.

  8. Deep and Beautiful post.
    Self awareness brings us great peace and happiness.
    You deserve it all Maggie!!

  9. Great post! You'll get to the point where you finally forgive yourself, this will help greatly.

    Congrats, again, staying smoke free. And thanks for writing such open, honest, beautiful posts. And as always, great Haiku!

  10. How wonderful that you have something to look back on and see how you've grown.

  11. Beautiful, Maggie. I am impressed.

  12. putting the past to rest is a super good thing :-)

  13. What an inspiring Haiku. That is wonderful you've kept track through time and can see your growth. Good for you for moving forward :)

  14. Great Haiku!

    We must have grown up really close to each other. What suburb are you from? What HS did you go to? I'm dying to know. Wouldn't it be funny if we actually knew each other at some point?

  15. that was beautiful. . . and real and honest; loved it!

  16. I am so thankful you are healing, and that you can see progress.

    Also, your haiku series is beautiful. :)

  17. What a read for a Friday evening! Thanks, Maggie. and Congrats to you.

  18. It seems it's always harder to accept imperfection in one's self than it is to accept it in others. Nicely done!

  19. I never tire of saying it, you are my hero!

  20. Wow Congrats to you!!!
    And your haiku is just beautiful

  21. Maggie, this is a truly wonderful and beautiful poem! It's really great, and the message is amazing.


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