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. Ah, the first one ended, and I did really well (kept a cool head 😎) and now, the second one’s gonna start on 25th (it’s some dopey thing called “Information Technology”, about spreadsheets and writing software and databases, the most boring subject ever!).

          1. Yeah true! But well, the problem ain’t about the subject as such, it’s about the fact that the books are about Microsoft Office and its spreadsheets, writing software etc. and the board has instructed us to read OpenOffice, another collection of applications, and its databases, spreadsheets, writing software etc. Point is, we have to study about two different software at the same time and keep everything in mind, so the original fifteen chapters becomes about 30 chapters, making life hell 🙂

  1. You wrote from the heart, a father’s pride, a truth beyond self-evident, a love that transcends politics, disease, hate and lies. I have three daughters and 4 granddaughters–so I feel you loud and clear.

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