Opportunity, or: Onus

A haibun

Last week, unexpectedly, I had the privilege of participating in a two-day public speaking training. The workshop was intended for a limited number of fundraising employees who directly interact with donors, which definitely does not include the writing team. However, as one of my colleagues was unable to participate due to unfortunate health issues, I was given her spot.

The training was quite well run; I am thankful for the opportunity.

Nevertheless, that was two full work days when I had to be away from the office, unable to get any work done… And now, in the last full week before Passover vacation in Israel, with additional, unexpected assignments thrown on my plate, I’m feeling very stressed.

pre-Passover stress
matzah boxes line store shelves
all work and no play

d’Verse Haibun Monday: Pressure

At d’Verse, writers were prompted to compose haibun on the theme of ‘pressure’.

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!

52 thoughts on “Opportunity, or: Onus”

  1. Deep breaths, deep breaths my friend. I hope your public speaking skill was enhanced in the process. One never knows when they may come in handy. I enjoyed your haibun.

  2. I always enjoy reading of others culture. hope you enjoy your break from work when it arrives. balance of work, rest and play is a good thing.

  3. That’s the rat race for ya. Always at a disadvantage and playing catch up. Hope the load lightens and you could enjoy Passover with family, David.

  4. But on vacation you must go
    The onus is on you
    Tickets are booked
    Take good care in rounding up your busy schedule
    Clear your desk and fly away

  5. โ€œ..matzah boxesโ€ฆโ€ essences of culture I may never meet, and thank you for a great haibun: reminds me of warm bread ๐Ÿ˜Š. Lovely!
    I checked out dโ€™Verse โ€“ whatever is โ€œ3-27-3โ€? (Pardon ignorance ๐Ÿ™ˆ)

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