Wabi-Sabi


Brown blotches

on shrunken leaves

aged beauty

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Withered stalks 

still bear sweet beans

the end is near

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Three seasons

growth, decay, then death 

a rustic mirror

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‘Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.’ ~ Japanese Architect, Tadao Ando

In response to Embracing Wabi Sabi an Ontheroad haiku prompt.
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Fifteen years from now

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To me, old age is always fifteen years older that I am. —Bernard Baruch

So true. However, putting humor aside, there is no harm in recognizing that you are an elder.  I use this word, to level rather than elevate, to counteract the sense  of embarrassment that sometimes links with old age.  As we age some challenges fall away and others take their place. The longer I can take care of my own physical needs and have a clear mind, I’ll be grateful.

Many thanks to Kim Russell of Writing in North Norfolk for inviting me to participate in her Three Day Three Quote Challenge.  This is my second quote post—the final one will be up on Thursday.  My nominees are:

Deirdre–Words are all I have

Amy–Bedlam & Daisies

Innervoice

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Post three quotes over three days.
  2. Name three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Mind over matter

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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

∼ Mark Twain

Another Three Day Quote Challenge has come my way—this time, from Kim Russell of Writing in North Norfolk.  If you haven’t yet read her exceptional poems and other writing, you might want to visit her blog.  Thank you Kim for providing me with an occasion for sharing a series of quotes on aging that I  was saving in anticipation of my milestone birthday last month.

I have entered a new decade and I do agree with Mark Twain, it ultimately ‘doesn’t matter’.  Yet matter does enter the picture and sadly, for some of us more than others. Aging is uneven.   I have realized that part of the ‘game’ is recognizing and accepting deterioration and  limitations—and living with them.  The other part is using both mind and matter as much as possible—that’s living after all!

My challenge nominees, should you be so inclined, are:

Mis Lucja

Grammy Writes

The Journey of my Left Foot

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Post three quotes over three days.
  2. Name three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

 

 

 

Life’s recapitulation

As summer light fades,

nights cool, dawns glisten

spring’s forgotten dew.

 

As summer light fades

sunset approaches quickly

every day counts.

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Nights cool, dawns glisten

bounty ready for harvest,

life in transition.

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Spring’s forgotten dew,

life’s recapitulation

refreshes autumn.

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