Monday, May 12, 2014

Present Haiku

I present to you
dear ladies and gentlemen
life as we know it

It may sound cliched
but when you're present with me
it's the greatest gift

If I can't give you
my presence and attention
I can't give you much

"Be here now," he said
after he had left himself
and his name behind

Click here for 3 more.

These poems were all inspired by the prompt "present" on Haiku Horizaons. Take a look.


Blogger Robin Libow said...

Hi Rabbi,
I love this one, Present Haiku. Did you write it? I'm going to share it with my yoga teacher, Janet. Being in the moment is incredibly difficult, at least for me. When I'm climbing a mountain, I'm often only thinking about where to put my next footstep, and am in the moment.


May 13, 2014 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Reshma said...

I love the way you present various flavors of the prompt Rabbi. The second one is just perfectly romantic :)

May 15, 2014 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger cheryl said...

You write in the present Neil. Well done ! We should all live this way.

May 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM  
OpenID rajkumarmilan said...

"Be here now," he said
after he had left himself
and his name behind

this one has a divine quality ...leaving himself and his name behind ...a parting of the soul ...or an apparition ...a thousand thought from a single vine !

May 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm reminded of the refrain of the birds in Aldous Huxley's "Island": "Here and now, boys, here and now!"

Present in the Children’s Park

May 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Nice! Thanks MMT.

May 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Sorry I didn't reply here sooner, Robin. yes, I wrote it. It's a serious thing, being present.

May 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Sorry that I didn't get to properly respond to all comments here. I have tried to accommodate a couple of people who asked that I not use the word verification. But I fear spam, so I took the advice of using moderation. But I thought it would email me alerts and that's not happening. So I keep missing comments and then okaying them and then they appear. Sigh.

Thanks Raj, Cheryl, Reshma. Glad these resonate.

The one about being present worked well via G-d and my subconscious, butter than I could have possibly consciously planned it- isn't writing often that way?

For the one about someone leaving their nae and self behing and had in mind something and someone specific, someone who said that line...

May 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM  

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