spring visitors

The red-domed lady bug makes its way around the edge of the washroom sink. Lower down, near the drain, another one shuffles. I find a piece of paper and lift the second one to a safer place on the window sill. Then I reach for my toothbrush and toothpaste and turn on the tap. What do these tiny bugs feel I wonder. Do they suffer like us if overwhelmed by a torrent of running water?

spring sunshine

life throngs through the window seams

miniature beings


©️2018 Ontheland

In response to dVerse Poet’s Pub Haibun Monday: Compassion

22 thoughts on “spring visitors

      1. Most of us lose compassion with bugs….some of us more than others. Fortunately the biggest indoor invasion here is lady bugs and they are fairly harmless.

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  1. A wonderful write Janice. I do believe even the smallest of creatures can experience a range of emotions and I too, feel bad when I don’t notice flushing something down the plughole before it is too late and tend to say a little prayer for them. I love your closing haiku, especially the imagery in ‘life throngs through the window seams’. Thank you for joining in! :o) xxx

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  2. This is the way to be, Janice. I love the way you have explained Buddhist philosophy in a simple, everyday anecdote about behaviour we would love to see everywhere.I’d love to know what animals and insects feel. I love the phrase: ‘life throngs through the window seams’ – a wonderful wakening of miniature beings after their winter sleep.

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    1. Thank you Kim. I’ll never forget learning about the Jains how they will never harm a living thing no matter how small. It can be challenging to avoid at times but something to aspire to.

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