IBMC Challenge # 4

Given to you are five haiku’s. Pick any one and write your interpretation to it. You can build a story and make the haiku part of it. You can continue the haiku and make another poem out of it. Let the creativity wander and hunt it down the way you want.

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Haiku 05

past hosted party

gave future as the present

present is partying


Here is an essay based on a reflection of one of the concepts of this Haiku.

Time is a circular event. It seems linear to most “Westerners”, just as it appears to us that the sun rises and moves across the sky in a slightly curved path, but where does the sun go after it dips below the horizon? How does it come back the next day on the other side? Scientists have shown that we are actually revolving around the sun.

Although the earth appears flat, we know now that it is a round globe.  The rotation of the earth is a circular pattern and so is the earth’s revolution around the sun.  The seasons are repeated every year.  Each day is a cycle that begins and ends in a similar way always.  We are in a circular pattern.  Time is not a linear ruler as some may imagine it.  Why do you think clocks and watches are mostly in a circular shape?

Let’s look at our view of time.  We have three points that we generally view: the past, the present, and the future.  These viewpoints seem to lead to a linear, or at least triangular pattern.  The future becomes the present, which then becomes the past.  Then the past does not appear to become the present, but we tend to go back to the present.  In this pattern time seems to be going backward.  It brings to mind nodes on a winding conveyor belt.  But notice this conveyor belt, although elongated, is going in a circular pattern.

But perhaps, we could see that the past is within the present.  It has passed, but it is still in our present remembrance.  We take our past experiences and our present experiences and knowledge with us as we advance into the future.  In this way all points of time are connected to each other.

We are in a temporal existence.  Objects do disintegrate and disappear from our view.  But is there not, as philosophers have asserted, an essence to each object? Although a specific manifestation of an essence may fade from our view, the essence is always within the healthy mind.  As many people have believed, each object has an essence, or what you may want to call a spiritual origin.  Matter actually is never completely destroyed, but simply is broken down and used in another way or form.  But an essence of a particular concept or object remains. Philosophers seem to agree on that.

One definition of a circle is “a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve” (Merriam Webster dictionary).

You can see this in some way in how the earth revolves around the fixed point of the sun, if it really is a fixed point.   The orbit, however, just like a conveyor belt, is not a perfect circle, but does go in a cycle or round pattern, although not equidistant from all points.

In a typical clock, all the minutes are arranged around a particular point.  So it appears that in a circle the points of the curve are all directed around a central point.  There is an organizing principle that keeps everything in its place.  Is that not the way living beings exist?  Do not living beings follow an organizing principle?

In nature animals go through their life cycles in a fairly predictable manner, although there are always quirks and outliers.  But, generally, living beings have an organizing principle, what you may even like to call “laws”, which govern their existences.  How are societies kept together?  They have laws which usually are given from a central government.  Does all mankind have a central organizing principle?  Are there laws upon which our lives would beneficially revolve around?

I will let you think upon that.


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