Twoku: Giving, accepting / thankful for loved ones still here / and those departed.
Threeku: According / to our gifts, thankful / we are here.
Fourku: Mindfully / accepting, giving / many gifts.
Nearing the end of a year filled with tragedy, natural and man-made disasters, it is impossible to celebrate the holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or any other) without being mindful of those whose lives were ended, ruined, or altered permanently in the past 12 months. But, of course, it is part of our human nature that tragedy and loss also brings into sharp focus, and deep appreciation, what is really most important, the many blessings which we still possess and enjoy, each day, always, past and present–which cannot be taken away!
I wrote these haiku/senyru on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, as I watched my children, neices, nephews and others opening their gifts, but could not bring myself to post them until today…two days later, back-dated…it felt trite and disrespectful to post anything that day, while also mindful of the many tragedies and losses. But after reflection, acknowledging the losses suffered by others, I could finally, appropriately, mindfully express my feelings of regret to those who lost so much this year, with my gratefulness for my (our) many blessings, and post these four little poems…
– The Haikook