The Whole View – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Haibun Monday with an invitation to look up, and write about the experience.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Look Up

Photo: Bluff Knoll, first you have to go down before you start to climb up the mount, here covered in fog and rain. This was a great days climb and well worth the experience.

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” Maya Angelou

The Whole View

My experiences of looking up are experiences of momentarily leaving myself, placing myself in the cosmos, letting go any singular rootedness and finding community with all things and all beings, animate and inanimate, rocks and trees, mountains, the sky and all it holds. I don't feel diminished by the bigness of it all, I feel included, and I feel moved to include all things. In that sense of acceptance comes a deep sense of harmony and belonging for me.

To look at the grandeur of a tree and trace its linear circuitry, to reach out to the sky and know its infinity, to view the mountain and feel its strength and presence, are deeply moving for me. Looking up at this mountain reminds I am not the centre of life, not even my own, I am simply a part of the whole that seeks life together. To look up at this mountain is a reminder that I have no control over it and no need to do so. The call of this mountain is to take pleasure in its gift of diverse experiences that enable me to know a little more about life and who I am and a lot of letting go and not knowing.

Looking up the mount
I saw the heavens opened
jasmine tea goes cold 

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Filed under bush walking, ecology, Haibun, Haiku, life, meditation, mindfulness, Mountaineering, nature, quote

30 responses to “The Whole View – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love your haibun. I wrote a haiku along similar lines last weekend when we took a drive to the Green Mountains.

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  2. This is a wonderful haibun in that it’s not anthropocentric, but celebrates nature and the cosmos and us being a tiny part of it all. Beautiful.

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  3. I love this Paul. That is how I feel, too, not diminished, but a part of it. Beautifully written–and the haiku is perfect!

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  4. Amy

    Well said, Paul. Love to be a tiny part of of the whole…
    Thank you for the quote!

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  5. That tea is so much better cold!
    Wonderful haiku moment.

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  6. Tom Darby

    You inspired me to write one along the same line. Thanks, Paul

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  7. Reads like a prayer of gratitude, Paul. You have been gifted and you know it. I’m sure “the source” smiles because one of us paltry humans gets it. The mountains and trees have known it for a long time but humans are a little slow…

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  8. What an absolute delight to read Paul!

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  9. Behold! The interconnected web of life!


  10. lync56

    Beautifully spiritual poem -love the connectedness expressed in this


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