Last week, Ruth Ayers invited her online writing group (SOS: Sharing Our Stories) to write about 7 small things. Instead, I chose to write about anger. Anger is not a small thing. Anger is a big thing, an explosive thing. It starts small and then grows.
As I read some members’ blog posts this week, I was reminded about the importance of simple joys. All week, I kept turning lists of small things over and over in my mind. I have always been attracted to the small seemingly insignificant things: stop to notice the dandelion blooming between the cracks in concrete. I’m a photographer, and so as I make my way through a mountain pass or a city street, my eye is always on the small things that most people would miss. Those small things aren’t always aesthetic or beautiful, they were just common, ordinary things. In their ordinariness lies their unique importance.
Poet, Valerie Worth, wrote a book for children called All Small. I’ve used her poems to teach children to notice the wonders of small things. Small IS beautiful. The world consists of countless small things and those small things are what what makes the world an incredible place of wonderment.
As I made those lists in my mind of small things, as I reflected on a selection of small items, I thought about the work of Basho, the 17th century Japanese poet who was a master of haiku – the 3 line poem of 5-7-5 syllables.
The old pond. A frog leaps in. Sound of the water.
Their own fire Are on the trees, the fireflies Around the house with flowers.
I decided to try my hand at some haiku for this last week of April, focusing on the small all around me. I offer these seven small things to you now.
Apple blossoms pink Branches tap on my window A burst of bright spring
Here pinecones scatter
Among the gray-green bracken
Thorny and silent
Petals on petals
Center holds beauty
Salt, sand, surf meets shore
Shells in pink light perfect
Curves – one to another
Perfect sculpted fur Squirrel’s not camera shy Swishes his puffed tail
Egret stands alone
Graceful curved neck – peaceful
Alert – swish of fish