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The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 16 – Wasted Lives

Day 16: The theme is the word: Sin and the form is “haibun”. A haibun is a literary composition that combines prose and haiku and together this must be less than or equal to 150 Words.
 
 Wasted lives

He resides on the pavement eating scraps of food when he is lucky to get them. Elsewhere, those who have a house to live in, hot food and a job that brings an income complain about petty things. 

When it rains, he seeks shelter hoping he won’t be driven away.   Nobody knows what he’s thinking. Maybe he has (shattered) dreams. In spite of everything, he is content. Or appears to be.  A warm and cozy home is not enough for some. Neither is a full wallet.

Another day. Another lane. A flower lady makes a living with her son selling flowers by the roadside.  Twenty one years pass. One day, he hugs her, promising to be back soon. An hour later she receives a call informing her he has drowned. Her only support snatched away.

It is a sin that
Money makes us unhappy
Can it buy pleasure?

Written for The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 16 – February 16th – Theme or Word: Sin Form: Haibun
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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Pranali Kadam
    February 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This is very touching,especially the ‘Another lane’ story.
    Such things happen a lot in Mumbai,Lives are wasted over arguements and quarrels.
    And the Haiku is an eye opener.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Thank you, Pranali. I guess this is a common scene everywhere. It breaks my heart and well, I try to do my bit 🙂

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    Asni
    February 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Such sadness still exist and yet we complain at petty things when we have a roof over our head and three full meals every day.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Dear Asni, 🙂 Sadly, this will be the status for as long as there is life on earth. 🙂 Thank you for visiting.

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    Cathy | Treatment Talk
    February 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    This one reaches to the heart. Hard to imagine, but life is a challenge for us all, but some struggle more than others. That is a good question – does money buy us pleasure?

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

      Hi Cathy, Glad to have you here. Money does buy transient pleasures 🙂 that we covet. Even if it doesn’t it certainly helps us enjoy misery in comfort! Hugs to you!

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    Bryan Thompson
    February 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Vidya. I haven’t done haiku in a while, but I love what you’ve done with it. When I started reading your challenge, I thought of it as a game. But you’re covering some serious territory.

    Is poetry art
    Or is it really life in full?
    Can we describe it?

    There’s my two cents. Sorry if that’s bad haiku. 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Dear Bryan,
      I began the challenge as a fun exercise, but found I also enjoyed it. I am taking it seriously now (sometimes because the thought of ditching it before the 29th Feb is obnoxious to me – never a quitter!). And when I started enjoying it, it got me thinking deeply about the prompts. In fact, with a theme such as ‘sin’ I found a lot of adams and eves across the web. I’ve been accused of being different, often (in a nice way, of course!)

      I love your haiku and think it is worth a lot more than two cents! Here’s my quick response to it:

      Words don’t do justice
      To poetry, art or life
      Try experience

      🙂 Am happy you visited!

  • Reply
    becca givens
    February 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Poignant Haibun … thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Manoj Narayan
    February 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

    This is a common City Sighting all over India. As rightly said, the Rich and famous make petty demands , despite having more than they need. The Inner Dreams of these Ordinary Mortals can never be understood by the nouveau rich , who splurge what they have plundered from the Natural Resources of the Nation.Let there be equitable distribution of wealth and health for a Better India Tomorrow

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Welcome, Manoj. I appreciate your comment.And I agree with your sentiment for a better India! Thank you for visiting!

  • Reply
    Someone is Special
    February 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    ‘Another lane! Another Story!’ What to do if it is part of our life.. Seriously I hate this stupid money! I hate it…

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 5:49 am

      Saravana, I don’t hate money. In fact,I love it and I love even more the fact that I can earn it so I can help these people in some way, even if it is small 🙂

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    Galen Pearl
    February 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    A moving three part post — the text, the photos, the haiku. Money, a fertile topic for many posts. You’ve inspired me to try one!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Welcome, Galen! Your post over at Alex’s is still on my mind, and always will be, in a special place. Thank you for the kind comment! I’d love to read yours!

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    Magical Mystical Teacher
    February 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    My dad used to say, “Money isn’t everything, but it sure helps!”

    Wedding Day: Haibun

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

      And your dad is absolutely right! It sure helps. I have a friend whose favorite line is “Money may not buy happiness, but it certainly keeps me miserable in comfort”. It is undoubtedly the means to so many goals!

      Thank you for your comment!

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    Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition
    February 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Vidya,
    This article really made me think. Why do some people have the lives they have and we the lives we have? Do we have any choice about it or is it fate?

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

      That’s the eternal question, dear Angela. My son often asks why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. I am often stumped for an answer, depending on the context. What matters is, there are kind and generous people who try and make a difference. Everything else is Fate or Karma, as we are fond of saying here. We have a belief that our “sins” from our previous birth follow us into this one, and we must atone for them. What are your thoughts on that?

      Thank you for your comment, Angela. Very profound question. Hugs to you!

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    ⁂ܓVållῐ ⁂ܓ☺
    February 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

    So many painful stories!!…We always complain no matter how much we have!….After reading such stories…I feel…Oh God!..God has given us so much!!…Money!! As a famous quote says…Necessary Evil…

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, dear Valli! Necessary yes. 😀 Evil….only when misused!

  • Reply
    Fran Sorin
    February 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Vidya,,,what a powerful story. It is beautifully written. I love these words:

    It is a sin that
    Money makes us unhappy
    Can it buy pleasure?

    Thanks for a heartwarming story and a visual feast (yes….I can see that man on the street) xxoo-Fran

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you, Fran! I see that man four times every single day. 🙂 Hugs!

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    Kimberly
    February 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I remember that post. So sad.
    Well money can buy me things to make me happy…
    Kidding.
    I’m not working and we are scraping by and you know what?
    We are just as happy as we were when we were making money.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

      Kimberly, I’ve realized it is easy to be without the things we’re used to, too. We are intentionally living simple lives (no lipstick, etc. etc. you know – really).

      It is not difficult to give things up, just needs a mindset.

      Hugs – you rock!

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    Hiten
    February 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    This was a lovely post.

    It really puts things into perspective. We have so much and yet we complain about such petty things. When some people have so little, and yet they can be content.

    What you don’t have, you don’t miss, I guess. And it’s these things that we miss or think we will miss, which is a big illusion in itself.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

      Welcome, Hiten! “What you don’t have, you don’t miss” has been my policy in many things 🙂 especially the wants, not the needs. It is amazing how we can steer our minds!

      Thank you for your comment!

      I loved your post at Zeenat’s 🙂 and look forward to lurking on your blog too!

  • Reply
    zephyr
    February 18, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Hey Vidya, you have me hooked to your blog. Loved every word of this haibun. So true, so very true and so heartbreaking too. I remember the old man from another post of yours. I have blogged about this divide http://cybernag.in/2011/09/the-great-divide/

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 18, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Zephyr, so lovely to have you here. And oh, I am hooked to your words too. I loved your post. Truth is bitter, even if paavakkai is my favorite veg :D. Hugs!

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    My Inner Chick
    February 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    –Vidya,
    Lovey Post.

    No. Money cannot buy pleasure…but it can buy freedom.

    Xxx Luv You.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      February 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      You’re right, Kim. Thank you and hugs!

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