Over eating and over using words

IMG_2513On the Sunday before the state appointed day for thanksgiving, our family gorged  on turkey, ham and and stuffing; fruit and vegetable salads; pumpkin, ground cherry and shoofly pies topped by ice creams of several kinds, and drank our choices of teas, coffees and sweet concoctions. As we indulged our appetites,  businesses were scheming to take advantage of our drowsiness and lure us to consume still more. For the promises deals of Black Friday will surely follow Thursday and we are expected to be turkeys, and follow with no questions asked and borrow, if necessary, to buy their bargains.

Food is necessary to keep on living, and I might be judged for my obesity. I like food and I am also a logophile, i.e. I like words so much that I am some times guilty of  circumlocution and periphrasis (recently learned words I expect never to use again) i.e., I am roundabout, not forthright in my use of words.  As I overeat food, I tend to overuse words.

IMG_2512This is a long way of explaining my use of Haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry. This unique poetry is limited to only three lines containing only seventeen syllables always arranged with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line, and five in the third line.

After I decide in my mind the subject and purpose of a post, I begin by writing the seventeen syllables that evolve into the concluding haiku. As I write the post I return again and again to the haiku to refine it. I have found that the exercise disciplines me, defines my thoughts and guides my writing.

Classical Haiku is based on some aspect of nature as in these seventeen syllables that I have just written:

It’s cold this morning
Consistent with the season
Coming snow chills me

LogoBut I am free to create my own themes and write of matters that seem more important to me than nature. My style of writing is evolving.  I browsed through several years of posts to find the one in which I described how I composed them. I did not find it  I end this post with seventeen syllables that sum it up:

Haiku is short form
of Japanese poetry
that disciplines me


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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4 Responses to Over eating and over using words

  1. Grace Miller says:

    My hunger awakes
    With your Shoofly pie posting
    Alas no pie here

    Loved this post! 🙂 Thanks Martin! Have a great day & eat a leftover piece of pie for me. I’m hungry.

  2. Glenn Lehman says:

    I fully expect you to use circumlocution and periphrasis again. Go ahead! The longer one already gives you the first line of a haiku.

  3. Celia says:

    We had our thanksgiving in London with Americans/Egyptian Syrian Turks Indian..one other WASP..I love them all and cannot bear the plight of their fellow countrymen..Lord bring YOUR peace.
    Think of Gods peace n joy and fulfillment when I think if you. Abide in Him! Xxxx

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