Live & Learn
why so much effort
for such little gain?
~ Jim Harrison & Ted Kooser, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry
Credits: Image: wikimedia. Poem: Thank you Steve Layman for pointing me to Braided Creek.
it is in my nature and all for something.
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Yes…all for something.
What a lovely photo and amusing haiku.
Woodpeckers certainly make a noise with their beaks on trees. The last time I heard one, I thought it was a hammer drill in the woods. The huge sound could be heard a long way off and then I espied one green woodpecker working his beak off for something too small for me to see!
Thanks Sarah. They do sound like hammer drills. They do.
As to Haiku. Would this poem qualify for a Haiku?
I think it’s set out as one, but not everybody who writes haiku sticks to the traditional syllable count and there’s nothing wrong with that, although some would argue otherwise. Even the great haiku masters have varied their count occasionally. As in novel writing, it’s all a question of knowing the rules first and then breaking them when the spirit moves.
Great insight Sarah. Did know. And love your close – “breaking them when the spirit moves”…Thank you.
A small gain in life, however small it may be, may be just the requirement for our life to move forward. Without it we may still be looking to start. Either a meal or a new home, a possible mate, a family the woodpecker may think! Great post!
Well put Bill. No beautiful stated. Thank you for sharing.
Each little effort culminates in greatness. xx Amy
Beautiful interpretation Amy. I’ll take it! Thanks for sharing.
I was feeling poetic this morning. Unless I connected with your energy and thusly created what I did. (smile) Either way, it was nice! (((HUGS))) Amy
To give us a headache.
And it works!
So many assumptions in those few words …. who knows the joy he might get from the hammering 😉
Yes. I never thought of the “joy in the hammering.” LOVE THAT Val. That is me. Joy in the Hammering.
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