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#Throwdown Thursday (2/9/17): My latest #Haibun #Poem “Open Meeting” is up on .@ImageCurve #haiku #poetry

Open Meeting

 

 

haibun poem

Haibun

 

Standing room only in the community room of a local church on a Friday night. A blonde in knee-high riding boots checks Facebook. The co-chair runs the business portion of the Open AA meeting. A smiling giant invites us to fill the last two chairs — in the first row.

The guest speaker takes the podium.

He wears a white, bushy mustache that hangs inches off his face. His eyes shine with a serenity I’ve seen on too few. He shares his story, which inspired me in two ways.

First, he defines resentment as a “re-experiencing of that which hurts us.” I understand that all too well. Second, the depth in which he needed to make his fourth step — a “fearless and searching moral inventory.”

He had to look at his past, but he had to do his third step — “make a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God as we understand him” — before he did.

I need to do the same — and in the same order.

 

shifting in their chairs
walking through cigarette smoke
on our way out

more by FRANK J. TASSONE

photograph by Jacob Owens

 

first published in Image Curve, February 9, 2017

UPDATE! for dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Faith. Pubtended by Mish

 

 

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26 replies »

  1. I love the fine detail of your prose, Frank, especially the blonde in knee-high riding boots and the smiling giant with the ‘white, bushy mustache that hangs inches off his face’. I like his definition of resentment; that’s the thing I will take away from your anecdote.

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  2. I appreciate your candidness, the way you set the scene so vividly for us and the sharing of your thoughts. This made me pause and ponder…”“fearless and searching moral inventory”….something we all need to do from time to time.

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  3. A beautiful haibun Frank, I love all the detail, especially the last two remaining chairs in the front row. Anyone who attends has already taken a massive step to be there. ‘He had to look at his past, but he had to do his third step — “make a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God as we understand him” — before he did.’ It is all about faith and surrender to a new way of being, the serenity shining from your eyes xxx

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