Mind Ritual—Clay ~ #009 June 2014 (One of Two) – Haiga and Haibun for Red Wolf Poems Prompt #214 Ritual and Celebration

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personal ritual. intuitive. simple. powerful. in this spiritual way.


Healing Mind—A Ritual Healing


work eludes me. my mind swept up. whirled. in chaos. even when I slip away from these thought patterns. the waves slip back in.

these waves. full. hard. heavy. distracting. chaos.

frustration. pain. sadness. emptiness. irritation. loneliness. emotionally draining turmoil.

I stop. is the opposite direction required? moving into. with. the flow. rather than against. the flow? I focus here. into the flow.

a handful of moist clay. working with fingers. kneading. forming. folding. my mind. not yet moving. into lightness. yet. my fingers. explore. the weight. of clay.

my hands. in clay. no tools. no other surface. my hands. touch the clay. thoughts flow. from my skull. one by one. each thought. down from my skull. bubbling. broiling. sloshing. I watch. I feel. these waves. flow. into my neck. into my shoulders. arms. hands. fingers. this flow. of thought. into the clay.

shapes form. fold over. reform again. into another. simple shape. mind. remaining. focused. in chaotic thought. focused. centered. on these waves. pouring each wave. into the clay.

the clay begins to dry. reworking is finished. I keep this last shape. thoughts have seeped into this lump of clay. this simple shape. fingers have found. formed. a container. of thoughts.

I open a door. step onto the surface. of the planet. into a quiet place. the sun. touches. a stone. a concrete block. a wall. a fallen tree. moonlight. rain. wind. snow. sky. air. earth. fire. water. elements of the planet. freezing. thawing. heating. melting. evaporation.

I place the container of thoughts. into these elements.

I turn. and walk away. my thoughts remain. in the clay.

I trust the planet. to heal. dissipate. disintegrate. take away. these wave thoughts. that have bothered me. the planet purifies. as it does with water. a purifying cycle.

I return. to work. in lightness.

occasionally. in the following days. I return. to the quiet place. I watch the clay break down. seep away. blow away. in the wind. the planet. purifying. the heaviness drains away from me. lightness remains.

a ritual healing.

summer waves
against an empty wall
I let go of shadows


Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


This is my response to Prompt #214 Ritual and Celebration (One of Two) for June 12, 2014 on the Red Wolf Poems blog.

My response is in the form of haiga and haibun. Two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry.

  • Haibun as I see it is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku. 
  • Haiga as I see it is image which includes haiku as part of the image—image and haiku as one work.


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