Having grown up in suburbia, I had the pleasure of a backyard throughout most of my childhood; and, of course, I always took it for granted.
After graduate school, I moved to Washington, DC to work at the US Department of Energy; and I didn’t give much thought to no longer having a backyard… I relished the urban life far too much!
From the US capital, I moved back to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, where I have now been living for more than a dozen years. Once again, relishing the capital’s dynamic urban life and culture, I didn’t give much thought to not having a backyard…
Then, when my daughter was not yet five-years-old, we moved to a new apartment, and our neighbors across the way happened to have a backyard, which is visible from our family room window… They even have a trampoline, which was wonderful for their children during Israel’s many, repeated pandemic lockdowns!
To be honest, I’ve come to find myself rather jealous!
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Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday
- This week’s prompt is to write a haibun based upon the prompt word ‘backyard’.
- From Poetry.org:
- 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!
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!