Give me strength, or: Patience

A haibun

How does one manage to make herself almost-late to school practically every single morning? There are several different steps that one can take towards this goal.

First, and perhaps most obviously, don’t get out of bed on time unless it’s Shabbat or other holiday, which is not a school day. Of course, sometimes you might get out of bed on time simply because it gets boring to return to the same strategies over and over again.

Second, after you pee, walk out into the hallway and start gabbing loudly about completely random things, thereby forcing your parents to drop what they’re doing and usher you back into the bathroom to flush the toilet and wash your hands. Then, continue babbling cheerfully to your reflection in the mirror while holding your dry toothbrush.

Third, get dressed very slowly. For example, take off your pants and sit pantless, looking at your cute little knees, long enough for your parents to point out that you’re wasting time and are running late (once again). Then, on cue, start winding yourself up and insist that they’re hurting your feelings by informing you of the hour. Getting upset, you see, always justifies wasting more time and sitting (or walking around) pantless for even longer.

Fourth, now that you’ve ruined everyone’s mood, including your own, insist that your parents are interrupting you and that you have something very important to say. Cry enough to make it seem that the only reason you’re not articulating your very important thoughts is that you’re simply much too put out to speak.

Once you have mastered these steps, please be in touch with me for further time-wasting and mood-ruining morning strategies.

puppy pulls lips back;
nips hand; stiffens in March chill;
growls; struggles; calms down

sunshine-breeze beckons;
puppy hides from leash indoors;
buses rattle by

Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday

  • This week’s prompt is to write a haibun about Something Ridiculous.
  • From
    • In How to Haiku, Bruce Ross writes, “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how one came to have that experience.”

Let’s write poetry together!

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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79 thoughts on “Give me strength, or: Patience”

      1. 🤣 I have got news for you: you’re the parent, you have to find a way to step of that particular roundabout. Hint: I am sure it starts with you being tense. Enjoy. Those years pass all too quickly right ☺

    1. I actually agree – I couldn’t think of a good metaphor in nature for her behavior so I searched for info about other creatures that throw tantrums… Do you have any alternative suggestions?

          1. In the second haiku, the first and last lines work, and that last line is absolutely perfect. But the middle one doesn’t make sense. The prose gives the impression that the daughter is not moving with any urgency whatsoever, so comparing her to a running puppy doesn’t really make sense. I get that you’re trying to suggest running from the leash to go out, but I think “runs” is the wrong verb. “Hides” or “cries” or some other verb that conveys a distinct lack of urgency would work better. (I also don’t think a metaphor is necessary here, but if you’re going to go with one, “runs” is the wrong verb)

  1. I do remember rushed mornings, but luckily the particulars are buried too deeply to retrieve. If they were late for high school it was on them. (K)

  2. When we were in primary school, my sister was a champion procrastinator. She made us late for school every day! Eventually my Mum gave my teacher blanket instructions not to tell me off if I was late, as it would be my sister’s fault.

  3. Just beautiful
    You love you child so very very much
    All these minute details are so fascinating to read also the personality and character

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