a new dawn

i was jogging past the neighborhood watering hole this morning around ten when i saw its front door (“No Patches”) propped open for the first time in weeks. all the colorful little beer signs inside were alight and on a stool at the bar sat an older, heavyset gentleman with a big smile on his face.

probably more than one thing wrong with this picture, but the smile was authentic and how often do you see one of those out in the social wild these days?

for The Weekly Smile

haibun

following six hours of kneeling meditation alone on the bare floor of an unheated cabin north of wekweeti, northwest territories, i merged, briefly or for hours, there was no time, with our planet’s spirit during a period of its benignity.

snow covers the land
the earth sleeps; my mind connects
with this dreaming world

for dVerse Poets Pub

share your world Q & A

Q: Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)?

A: Nope.

Q: Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)?

A: Was in an “accordian” accident. Whole line of cars hit the one in front of them. I was first in the line. I braked when the car in front of me braked and I stopped in time, but the car behind me didn’t stop in time, nor did six or seven behind him. Foggy dusk with a slick road. I pulled over three lanes to the shoulder and so did the fellow behind me. All the rest pulled off on the median. The two of us exchanged info and went on our way. Later as I was officiating at a board meeting, a highway patrolman showed up to inform me I should not have left. He took my information but didn’t cite me. The board looked on.

Q: Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers?   Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?

A: As a lifelong jogger, I’ve found all sorts of things, including wallets with money in them, phones in the gutter, and legal documents in envelopes. Nothing beats returning something lost and refusing any reward. Great karma.

Q: What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?   If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret! 

A: Nothing recently, but yes, when there was a long line and the item was trivial, into my pocket it occasionally went. 😦

for Share Your World

haiku

flowers migrate north
slowly to new climate zones
do i see cactus

for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

haiku

the world’s changing face
as it warms will i hope be
less wrinkled than mine

for Ronovan Writes