Vicissitude of thought… {Haiku}

You can find something to relate to in nature always I feel. Our attempts to fly are sometimes hindered by the factors that go against us. It hits us hard, makes us frustrated. We even give up on our attempt sometimes. If you look at a little bird, it jumps off a height trying to fly higher, and keeps at it no matter how many times it falls. If it has that fortitude, why can’t we? Let’s think a little clearer each time…

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Oh this frustration
Wind goes against my attempts
Unable to fly

Vicissitude comes
Turn about; obstinate wind
Now shall aid your flight

© Leo 28/July/2011

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

92 thoughts on “Vicissitude of thought… {Haiku}”

  1. despite wind against it, the attitude and inner strength will help and set it flying,,

    meaningful Haiku.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Rally.


  2. ha. nice into the wind or with it…differeent circumstance require each but in learning to fly perhaps it is easier to go with the flow…

    • Yep, if it is against, turn to make it your friend 😎 Not applicable for all cases of course, Brian 😀 Glad you liked it, and yes, easier for the first steps.. 🙂

  3. Get the feeling of so near and yet so far 🙂 Liked the turnabout coming with guidance in the second Haiku aimed at resolving the problem!! Can feel the frustration in the delay period!!

    • Yeah.. Almost flew and then turned about and I did fly 🙂 Glad you liked the haiku Nanka, and yes, frustration does come when the delay occurs!

  4. Your haiku is marvelous, and so is the image..

    It reminds me of th ‘Tanka’ my mother wrote for my son on his 19th birthday last month

    (translated from Dutch to English, so the number of syllables don’t fit anymore…)

    Dancing bird
    on the edge of the gutter
    his first springboard
    Soon, he will dive
    into the high blue sky.

  5. That’s so brilliant – I feel the breeze getting up and have an urge to strap on Icarus wings… and soar! I think you got inside my head… 😉

  6. i love what this post stands for. “obstinate wind” = life’s shit. most of the time, we dont know it but these are the exact same things that make us fly / grow.

  7. hi Leo~ I love everything about this post! …the bird poised to fly, the fortitude inspired in these haiku and your commments… It’s not always easy… Thank you for teaching us to soar, Leo!

  8. So very true, we should be able to have that kind of determination…I know I am guilty of giving up on myself, far too often. Wonderful words of wisdom and haiku.

    • I have done it often too, Vermont Girl. But it is that itself that has taught me how to fight through. Thanks for the visit and the words!

  9. Your poem makes me realize how little I contemplate the nature around me. I’m inspired to actually see the world around me, instead of just looking at it. Appreciate you sharing what others have been missing.

    • Yes, depends on the perspective, Catie. Some might say turning back only helps the wind blow you backward, but I prefer to think differently. Glad you liked it.

  10. it is a lovely encouragement
    reading your haiku
    the sight of wind, fortitude, courage, and spirit.
    love the simplicity of this bird,
    working out what humans sometimes suffer lifetimes with!

  11. “Vicissitude” is a word that scares me. 🙂 But it’s a truly beautiful piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing. Found your blog through Poets Rally.

  12. If only all children had this attitude perhaps the world would be in a better shape …great inspirational piece thanks for sharing

    • Maybe we as the elders can teach them this rather than leaving to figure on their own for long? 🙂 Thanks for liking my poem, Kez 🙂

  13. What a great poem! Simple, but effective – I love your choice of words. Plus, it’s got really great message and advice more people should consider! Great work 🙂

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