Monday, February 22, 2010

2 Verse Haiku

Saturday I posted a 5-7-5 Haiku, but I've come to feel it leaves out too much of the story, so I'm reposting it with a follow-up 5-7-5 Haiku to tell the rest of the story.

The Saturday Haiku was about staying in the NOW. Staying grounded in the actual reality here, now can help us stop telling the miserable stories that we tell  (and retell) ourselves. It can also free us from our anxieties about the future.

By keeping centered in the NOW we can respond to the moment with just the appropriate response.

That said, however, I think it's important to keep in mind that what we do now shapes our future and our future lives.

I'm among those who recognize the fact that the vast majority of people throughout history have believed in some form of reincarnation. I'm not prepared to dismiss the majority of human experience simply because there's no scientific basis for it. Or is there? Physicists say that 90% of the universe is dark matter about which we know very little. Perhaps this dark matter hides heavenly realms?

Getting free of stories of the past and anxieties about the future can help us live fully in the present moment where all life has always happened. And, living fully, hopefully, too, we can live with compassion and wisdom. In fact, I'm not at all sure we can act with compassion and wisdom unless we are fully present.

So, on to the two-verse Haiku:





Something I should know.
Forever is always now.
No past. No future.


Something I should know.
The Law of Karma applies
All thoughts, words, deeds, weigh.

13 comments:

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Beauty and truth in your economy of words Dan.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Bonnie.

Reya Mellicker said...

Very beautiful! I think everything we do helps us all co-create the future, but I also think we pay it backwards as well, and alter the past. I know that in all the healing I've done, I have created a different history for myself, retroactively.

Been reading Thomas Moore again recently. Such great stuff!!

Dan Gurney said...

Reya, absolutely! It's easy to get caught in the wrong view that your story about the past is something solid and that cannot be changed. That just is not true. Healing comes from looking back and seeing the past in a new light. And, yes, the future is something we're co-creating now. Man we've got to get our country back from the corporations, don't you think?

Dan Gurney said...

Thomas Moore is new to me. I'll look into him.

Stream Source said...

I attended my first poetry class, today! I guess I'll be learning about the mystery or the magic of Haiku. Many of these poems seem to require lots of deep thinking and unraveling, yet I'm never certain I've perceived the poet's experience.

Your Haiku speaks clearly, yet artfully. Nice...

I disagree with you and Reya about 'changing the past'. Even in healing we don't really change the past. We are changing our present thoughts to mend what 'is broken' now - we are not mending what once 'was'. What hurt us yesterday, no longer exists unless we hold on to it 'now'.

This line spoke to me: "By keeping centered in the NOW we can respond to the moment with just the appropriate response." This is the only way to 'be real'. Once we find this place, free of ego, fear, and doubt... it is so mighty - so weighty that it feels like it can never slip away. But, of course, it does.

Be well... 'now'~

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Stream Source,

Oddly, while you say you disagree with me about changing the past, I'm not sure I disagree with you what you've said about it. "What hurt us yesterday no longer exists unless we hold on to it 'now.' I agree with that!

Before this current moment there were previous current moments...in that sense, of course there is a past.

But what actually happens in any moment, even this present one can only be imperfectly known by ordinary people like me. How much less reliable, then, are my constructed recollections of the now gone previous present moments of yesterday?

You might say we're not actually changing "the past" by our healing. But keep in mind that our pasts can only be remembered and, thus, "recreated" in our present moments. With this in mind, what once seems solid and immutable becomes more like real reality which is infused with mystery, interconnection, and impermanence.

steven said...

dan - my past is like fog - it lifts, it dances wraithlike and reforms and each time i understand it better. i understand how it appears as something coming towards me from the future and how the future and the present melt at the narrow part of the hourglass - the big present moment. your haiku are so insightful and precise and i am awed by your abaility to express such vast and rich knowledge in scuh a small space. steven

Dan Gurney said...

steven, thank you. When I think of how vast the universe is, even the largest library in the world would have to compress reality a great deal to describe even a little of it.

The image of an hourglass really distorts the nature of time. The hourglass gives one the impression that the present moment is the tiny bottleneck/nexus between the vast past and the limitless future.

In actuality (as i like to imagine it) time is more like a comet than an hourglass. The present is all the sand and there is. In this metaphor, in brilliant sunshine, you can see the comet tail's of past and discern a leading edge of emergent future. But the present moment is the comet itself.

Dave King said...

There is a lot to be said for the double haiku. An interesting and enjoyable post.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Dave. I know others have experimented with linked Haiku and there's a whole tradition in Japan in linked Haiku and Tanka poetry called Renga. My friend, Jim Wilson, published a whole magazine devoted to Renga, and he's one of the experts on the subject.

Jim714 said...

I'm enjoying your poetry posts. The haiku sequence has a venerable history. Rotbard's book has some nice ones. Maybe number three in the series will appear soon?

Best,

Jim

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Jim. Yes, I hope to write more, for I enjoyed the process. I would also like to try composing Lanternes and the Dialogues.

Right now school's keeping me very busy, so time to compose poetry has been difficult to find.