Ablaze in embarrassment, or: Lesson learned

A haibun

Cheeks ablaze in embarrassment, I stare at the computer screen in the privacy of my office. The email I’m reading does not contain all of the information necessary for me to complete my report, and it’s my fault because I forgot to ask one particularly pivotal question of our representative in the field. I will have to send a follow-up email, which I hate.

I don’t like being a pest, and I don’t like working inefficiently… But working at a massive quasi-governmental organization such as The Jewish Agency for Israel requires crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’ – there are simply too many moving parts across its offices to make safe assumptions. As kind and supportive as my supervisors are, my new job takes getting used to.

Lesson learned.

midday solstice sun
shirt drenched in sweat from short walk
cost of falafel

Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday

  • This week’s prompt is to write a haibun based upon the prompt word ‘lessons learned’ or ‘learning’.
  • 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.”

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

Eugi has provided the phrase “ablaze” as a writing prompt.


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!

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