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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

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22 Comments

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:
    sometimesg@yahoo.com ? Thanks !

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  2. ZQ

    December 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    You got it!

    Like

     
  3. erbiage

    December 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This unleashed a huge sadness within me

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  7. Jae Rose

    December 1, 2016 at 7:10 am

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

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  8. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    November 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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

    Hank

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  12. Dr. Crystal Howe

    November 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

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

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  13. Victoria C. Slotto

    November 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    This begs a back story. Full of emotional tension.

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  14. dsnake1

    November 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Happy birthday, my friend! 🙂

    and that’s an exquisite haiku!

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  15. ladynyo

    November 29, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Happy Birthday…..and that haiku is wonderful!

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  16. georgeplace2013

    November 29, 2016 at 7:36 am

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

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  17. Sanaa Rizvi

    November 28, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Happy 70th birthday 😀 this is beautifully written 💝

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  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.

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  19. katiemiafrederick

    November 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Connections..
    long and
    short
    no
    matter
    what..
    Connections
    true when warm..:)

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  20. Truedessa

    November 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Happy 70th Birthday! A day of celebration…

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  21. frankhubeny

    November 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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

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  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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