borders – – haiku

For this week’s Haikai Challenge we are contemplating ‘independence’ in the context of America’s Independence Day; the detainment of children attempting to cross the southern U.S. border; or another context we choose. My mind went to the plastic and laminated cards in my wallet that confirm my Canadian status, my rights and freedoms acquired at birth. After some rumination these haiku came to mind:


barbed wire –

legal barriers

at national borders



stateless –

privileges dissolved

in a black hole



jus soli

my nationality

planet Earth



Statelessness is a condition that applies to millions of people worldwide. The Wikipedia article on the topic opens with:

In international law, a stateless person is someone who is “not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law”. Some stateless persons are also refugees. However, not all refugees are stateless, and many persons who are stateless have never crossed an international border.  On 13 November, 2018, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned there are about 12 million stateless people in the world.

jus soli, meaning ‘right of the soil‘ is a criteria used for determining nationality based on place of birth.

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breaking free


I learned about how to look after a yard from my father.  I watched him trim hedges, regularly mow and rake grass, trim cedar hedges, plant pansies purchased at the May Fair, turn on the sprinkler.  The result was an orderly lawn on a small city lot.  Now, a country field surrounds my house. It teaches me to question convention…to let go and appreciate natural rhythms, both wild and orderly.  Every year I discover new plants and see new waves of growth….this year, fields of yellow dandelions preceded dazzling white daisies trimmed with red clover.

laid-back landscaper

self-seeded saplings

emerge in fields of colour


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