Hiking it

I enjoy walking at a leisurely pace. At the beginning of a day I often go for a walk to say hello to the morning and shake off whatever night still clings. Nature and I open our eyes together. I like to see what she sees. She sees the exploits of the night. She laughs and splashes her dew across the earth, and all bathe, flora and fauna alike. Sometimes I feel the rinse.

A hike is different. A hike is filled with some unexpected obstacles. Rough, patchy terrain can slow you down and make you wish for home. But no, once begun, you are in the game. What looks like hills from afar now look like mountains. A mile turns into three. You ran out of water and trail mix long ago and cotton fills your jaw. Sun is setting. It took longer than suspected. You wore the wrong shoes. You ache.

I still occasionally hike with someone for the thrill. Mostly I’d rather walk to be still. What about this thing called life?

Choosing the right guide
Life is more than a walkthrough
Geese know who leads home


Dversepoets.com Haibun time. 2-3 paragraphs of prose followed by a haiku. The word is hike. I think we all are on a hike whether we want it or not!

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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18 Responses to Hiking it

  1. Lucy says:

    This is stunning! These lines were marvelous:

    “Nature and I open our eyes together. I like to see what she sees.”

    That’s pure beauty to assimilate in your lovely, evocative words. Excellent take on the prompt, it’s amazing.

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  2. rothpoetry says:

    Love your haibun and the twist in your haiku. Very nicely done.

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  3. robtkistner says:

    Great read and a wonderful haiku Mary.

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  4. Mostly I’d rather walk to be still.

    That sums it up perfectly. The rhythm of walking is so soothing. Lovely write.


  5. Yes, I agree. Walking isn’t for the sake of getting somewhere, it’s to be somewhere.

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  6. lillian says:

    “Oh MAN!” Those are the words (truly) that I just said aloud as I finished reading your haibun, at the end of your AMAZING haiku! This is just perfect! Yep — I must admit, I now enjoy walking a bit more than hiking. I’m game to try almost anything…but I look at some of the hikes I’ve done in the past and must realize perhaps my knees wouldn’t take it anymore and there is more “risk” than there was when I was 50 or even 60. I think it’s all about just changing your expectations….but still having expectations and enjoying life as it is. So….our days of exploring a lava tube again are probably over…but there is still plenty to do! 🙂

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  7. The hike as journey, encapsulated in such a skilled economy of words! Well done! 🙂

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  8. I walk every day as well… the more I walk the easier the hike later will be.


  9. msjadeli says:

    I like the comparison between leisurely walking and challenging hiking you make.


  10. I appreciated your comparison of hiking and walking; was just thinking about that today and there you are.


  11. Leif Price says:

    Very interesting to read and amazingly written haiku!

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