healing imperfect


August 8, 2017 by petrujviljoen

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The oak tree down the road has started sprouting and some peach trees are in full bloom while others are still in deep slumber. Areas of land accidentally burnt by a runaway firebreak already show signs of new growth, a short two weeks later. Validating life.

Is it fair to compare one’s own scars, accidentally incurred – or not – to those of nature? What if I take hope from observing nature healing; seeing winter graced with green. It doesn’t look as if Spring will have to fight for life this year, the drought is broken. But what if it doesn’t work out that way for some of us? What if we can’t discern what’s fake and what is imperfect? This time?

Butterfly-winged worn

woman, different wisdom

unquiet – alive


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16 thoughts on “healing imperfect

  1. Between Reason says:

    What makes you think we are any different from scorched nature 😉 – Enjoyed this.

  2. bethanyk says:

    It seems nature is my only avenue of hope these days.
    Beautifully written

  3. E says:

    Ahh, reading this I get what hinbun may be 😉 Brilliant!

  4. Petru, you show so much insight in this and what you see in nature, I believe, is such an apt metaphor for us. When I take time to listen, she teaches. Both prose and haiku are so well-expressed.

    • I don’t really subscribe to a gendered view of nature Victoria. There’s nothing growing that doesn’t take both genders. Thanks for the visit and thanks for hosting. Wabi Sabi is a great concept which I’d like to explore further, perhaps in a different context.

  5. You raise thoughtful questions!

  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    It occurred to me while reading this that we are part of nature healing although we make mistakes. It is a good question you raise about discerning what is fake from what is imperfect. Nice thoughtful haibun.

  7. Very thoughtful poem. You put your finger on one of the ways we make ourselves miserable. Too much is in appearances. Scars heal as they do in nature, but where the tree is happy to be still alive and putting out new growth, we look at scar wrinkles and shun the bearer because it is offensive to someone’s laws of acceptable appearances.

  8. lillian says:

    Age old questions and yes indeed….we can learn much from nature. The sun will always rise each morning, even if it is behind the clouds. 🙂

  9. Nature is full of wisdom. Humans for the most part sadly, are not.Nice reflective prose.

  10. What a lovely thought. Yes I think we can and should draw inspiration from nature.

  11. This post really struck me. The idea of renewing yourself after injury or difficulties or just plain winters in life.

  12. Nice haibun and I especially enjoyed your haiku which echoed the damaged trees and also made me think of a butterfly with a damaged wing, as we become changed sometimes, gaining a “different wisdom” in our journey.

  13. This is beautiful. Nature is continual hope before our eyes.

  14. Grace says:

    Nature can teach us a lot of things – seasons passing, the coming of spring after winter. We may or may not learn from it because our vision may be flawed. Enjoyed your reflection of our journey through the seasons.

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