leave to live

LEAVE: "a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended" or "the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something" LIVE: "having life" This idea of ownership, of granting yourself permission to be the authority of your own life--is one of the hardest things to learn. From the Greatest Generation to Gen-X, …


I rarely leave by 6 sharp. A whole other world In motion outside. The witching hour for dog walkers, dear canine friends. Strutting, sniffing bark. A man with webbed feet: shoes for the street and surf stands By the closing doors.


Why haiku you say? Flash card occurrences, I retort smiling. Make it easier to remember, and to write. Snapshots of my life. Most days write/rewrite themselves. An oxymoron: Tradition vs. Now. Haiku invites choice, consideration. Words are selected with care. Emoted feelings seed, flourish, breathe then take flight. Haiku. That is why.