Stoke The Flames

28 Nov

  I received a phone call today. On my 70th. birthday from my best friend:

Who helped, me as an adult, grow up— Wishing me, a continued good life, without her.

  I wished her the same, encouraging her— to stoke the flames.

Tides when riding surf

In all seasons rise and surge

By the light of moon


Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Haibun, Haiku, Love, Zen


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22 responses to “Stoke The Flames

  1. Grace

    March 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Hi ZQ! Hope you are well! I have a question for you. Can you please contact me at: ? Thanks !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ZQ

    December 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    You got it!


  3. erbiage

    December 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This unleashed a huge sadness within me

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kerry O'Connor

    December 5, 2016 at 8:05 am

    A very happy 70th birthday to you, kind sir. There is much profound thought in these various pieces. I enjoyed the read. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mary

    December 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Sorry to have missed your birthday, ZQ. Sounds like this phone call was a wonderful birthday gift. Belated Happy Birthday to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sherry Marr

    December 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, my friend……..I love that phone call, and the mutual regard you managed through life’s changing years. It shows a lovely level of enlightenment.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jae Rose

    December 1, 2016 at 7:10 am

    This speaks of passing gift along – the best and love..happy 70th to you ZQ

    Liked by 1 person

  8. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    November 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Isn’t it nice to be reminded by someone who cares? Happy birthday, ZQ!



  9. Mish

    November 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Happy 70th! I hope your day was great….despite of or because of the call. So much to imagine here.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    November 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday… love the way it begs for a story, and the “without her” and the fire means… maybe there is a hope for flames.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar

    November 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    ha! without her. Paths cross and uncross for one reason or another. But the memories usually stay with us.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Dr. Crystal Howe

    November 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    This is a touching haibun very well written. And happy birthday!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Victoria C. Slotto

    November 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    This begs a back story. Full of emotional tension.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. dsnake1

    November 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Happy birthday, my friend! 🙂

    and that’s an exquisite haiku!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. ladynyo

    November 29, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Happy Birthday…..and that haiku is wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. georgeplace2013

    November 29, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Happy 70th. This haibun leaves me wondering but hopeful.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Sanaa Rizvi

    November 28, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Happy 70th birthday 😀 this is beautifully written 💝

    Liked by 1 person

  18. kanzensakura

    November 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Happy 70th birthday. I do hope your birthday is not marred with the loss of your friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. katiemiafrederick

    November 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    long and
    true when warm..:)

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Truedessa

    November 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Happy 70th Birthday! A day of celebration…


  21. frankhubeny

    November 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I hope everything is well with your friend. The “without her” made me wonder.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. whippetwisdom

    November 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Happy 70th birthday to you and I love your haiku :o)

    Liked by 1 person


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