Roses, or: Moses’ toeses

A haibun

Yesterday my wife and I marked our eleventh anniversary. Hooray!

I sent her roses for the occasion and ordered in from a fancy cafรฉ. After dinner, our seven-year-old very enthusiastically ran an art activity, instructing us to draw pictures for other family members. She’s totally into celebrating our anniversary ~ we’ve taught her that it’s our family’s birthday.

breeze flutters petals
rosy, slow summer sunset
family dinner


This week, for ‘Tanka Tuesday’, Colleen Chesebro encouraged us to pen syllabic poems about our days.

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!

101 thoughts on “Roses, or: Moses’ toeses”

  1. Lovely way to celebrate.
    I’ve got one of those annaversaries upcoming mid month.
    But since we have two other activities planned one a company dinner and the other a dinner theater show… I suspect there won’t be anything special for our actual day.

    But then for us everyday is a good day (over four decades plus).

  2. What a beautifully tender poem, David. The lingering sweetness is palpable. Happy Anniversary! โค๏ธ

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