Loving Pets

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday:  No-Ko-Me (tree buds)
(posted by Victoria)

“One of the most promising signs of a soon-to-be spring is the appearance of tiny buds on the trees. In Japanese the word pending is implied in the Kigo, No Ko Me–tree buds. The bud holds so much potential, the possibility of the tree becoming all that is was created to be.

Anticipation, hope, wonder, mystery are among many possible human responses to the appearance of buds on trees and how easy it is to find parallels in our own lives. As with most seasonal Kigos, there is a metaphoric richness contained within.”

A recurring life situation, found me grieving over another
dog’s demise. I looked at the dish, leash, toys in various
stages of “chewed”.  Vow I will not go through this knife-
carved hollow of emptiness ever again.

Time does its healing dance down the road. Ache
becomes yearn. I give in. From the moment my eyes lock
on those of a dog desperate for love, my heart unfolds,
softens its sharp edges–petals of protection–enough
to welcome a new wagging tail.

mewling kitten
searches for his mother–
is nurtured by new mom

dVerse Haibun Monday–No Ke Me, Tree Buds

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Loving Pets

  1. Sara, deeply touching for me as I’ve been through this a few times. Each time we say that we just can’t do it again, go through the loss. Last time it took 2 days before we searched Petfinders.com for our two current rescues. I loved the switch to kittens in the haiku.


  2. I had to chuckle at the end of the first paragraph for I KNEW how it would end 🙂


  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    It is wonderful how empathy overcomes reason.


  4. I so can understand this… even though I have no dog… it’s hard to resist


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