Granted, or: Gifted

A haibun

There’s no getting around it.

Really, it’s quite annoying that the object of my greatest gratitude is so self-evident to me. How can I pen a clever poem on a response that’s so banal?

I am thankful for the well-being of my 6¾-year-old daughter. She is healthy, smart, sweet, sensitive, and, most importantly, she knows that she is loved beyond measure. My pride for her and commitment to her transcend me.

This is easily the most boring haibun I have ever written.

her body appears
bigger in winter clothing
on my lap for hugs

d’Verse ‘Haibun Monday’

Theme: ‘Giving Thanks’

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to write haibuns with the theme of ‘giving thanks’.


New to Haibun? Write a paragraph or more of prose, or prose poetry, then follow it with a haiku—one that includes a season word, and juxtaposes two disparate images that, when paired, give us that “aha!” experience.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

74 thoughts on “Granted, or: Gifted”

  1. I remember reading a post of yours that said that comments were important as a way to connect with others. Perhaps things have changed or I have misinterpreted your reasons for wanting to connect (I too often wrongly assume mutual friendships in a place that is more geared towards career success and “networking”). I think of you as a friend in the blog world, or did at least, and so I replied with what I’m beginning to feel is TMI (since you have approved my comment but not replied). If I have offended you in some way, please forgive me. I’ll try not to bother again.

    1. Lia – Honestly, I am trying. You are not the only person whose comments I have accidentally skipped in the past. Sometimes I look at old posts and find comments that I didn’t respond to there – it’s never personal. I’m always invested in responding – and if I miss a comment, I appreciate it when you let me know – I’m only human.

      1. David, it’s the same for me on my blog – but then I never saw them in the first place – because my blog is usually set not to moderate. I figured you had seen my comment here and on the other post – because you approved them, and liked them. Thanks for your reply, it’s very much appreciated!

  2. Always love your context/process notes. Very warm and lovely. I really get this as I feel the same about my kiddos as you wrote in that paragraph. However, most of them are now bigger than me. Still, to me in my heart they are my babies. 🤗⛄️🧡

    1. Thanks, Lia ❤

      I am sorry I missed responding to this comment – I was going to! I still remember how you referred to your boys as "the monkeys" – that's so cute. They are truly lucky to have you as their mom 🙂 – and I'm sure they know that.


      1. You’re making me get happy tears in my eyes, stop. :)) 💓 Huge thanks David. The kiddos are indeed great sources of love and wonder in my life. I believe your daughter is very lucky too. 💗✨

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