changing seasons

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

changing seasons…

from donating to Goodwill

to shopping there


behind the scenes

I wrote this haiku last year when my husband and I returned from traveling Europe for half a year.  Before we left we held high-paying jobs and donated much of our belongings to Goodwill and various consignment stores.  When we returned we came home (by choice) jobless and homeless.  We slowly began to rebuild.  One day we needed some new kitchen appliances to cook with but didn’t want to pay the high prices, so we went to Goodwill and found a great, versatile pot for $3.  I laughed thinking about how the place where we once donated had become our very own store.

The situation was humbling.  We could have felt embarrassed, ashamed, and humiliated, but we chose to look at it with laughter, grace and humility.  Just like the changing seasons, our lives are constantly in a state of transformation and change.


Thank you, Heron’s Nest, for featuring my work.


feature image, There is no Light, by Jack Yeats provided by the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Ireland


  1. wonderful thought.

  2. Wonderful haiku! Your third line really struck me. It stirred some strong emotions, and shut down all extraneous thoughts so your haiku was my total experience. And that experience lasted quite awhile.

    I began writing haiku daily a several months ago and yours is a powerful example of why I love haiku……they can quickly and vividly share an experience, and that third line can really jar you

    • Hi Donald,

      Thanks for your comments. So glad to see you write haiku. Feel free to share some if you’d like. Like you, I enjoy jotting down some haiku each day in a little notebook, on scraps of paper, in a text message to myself…anywhere. Once we become aware, it is quite amazing everything that is right in front of us throughout the day!


      • Jessica, thanks for asking me to share :)

        Here are three of my haiku

        I’m truly sorry
        Please forgive me and tell me
        Where you hid the coffee

        Three candles
        Three flames
        One scent

        And one more coffee haiku

        Your scent fills the room
        Heart pounds, anticipation
        Soon you fill my needs

        I have been writing 3-8 haiku every day and posting online, currently 85 consecutive days


        • Thanks for sharing, Donald. I look forward to seeing more of your writing. Are you a member of any haiku organizations? Modern haiku is a great one to be a part of. I also love the book: The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson and Issa edited by Robert Hass. It is a fantastic book to read. I find that the more work I read, the more it enhances my writing.

          Happy writing!

        • Donald,

          …and one more great group that really launched my love for Japanese poetry is Yuki Teiki Haiku Society, which can be found at This group is full of positive and encouraging writers and they have a lovely newsletter. I encourage you to look into it if you don’t know about it already.


          • Jessica, thanks for the nudge into taking some actions I had thought about but…..
            I am now following the blog for Young Leaves, and have read some of the offerings on Modern Haiku and The Haiku Society of America. My budget says take my time before I get into the many wonderful subscriptions :)

            One of the featured essays on Modern Haiku is by Joshua Gage, who I know from local poetry readings. We both belong to an organization, Shambhala, but Joshua is in the midst of child rearing years and isn’t currently involved.

            I am currently reading The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, which contains sections on Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki. I ordered a copy of “The Essential haiku”. For $.40 plus $3.99 shipping I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I am wearing out the Book of Haikus, a collection of Jack Kerouac’s writings.

            Is there somewhere I can read more of your haiku? I currently post my daily writings at and have occasionally written posts for my blog about my haiku writing and creative process, and am currently working on making my haiku experiences the main focus of Museical Garden.

            Long comment but you got me excited. Thanks Jessica!

  3. Thinking of you, Jessica. Congratulations.

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