just in time (haibun) CarpeDiem #532 Movement

© CLR 2014
© Clr '14
Khalil Gibran wrote, “We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?” 
changing tides
my restlessness has gone
time is at my side

© Chèvrefeuille
How true! We seem to always be focused on time. How fast we can get this done and that completed. When I am writing, I don’t measure my time but I do see that a whole day sometimes has passed me by on my day off. So what? I enjoyed myself; I was able to create and be inspired by my muse. And all this is free and it is not even fattening! I have earned my time to just be and if writing is one of those moments of `being`, so be it! 
Years ago, I used to be a personal support worker in homecare. My favourite days were bath days and individuals would humbly allow me to help them with their personal hygiene. I would take my time…up to an hour many times. I felt privileged to be welcomed in their homes like that. I am pretty sure that today, thirty years later, this “time” is considered a rare luxury…sadly so.
I stopped wearing a watch when I had the children and was a stay at home mom for five years. I didn’t need a clock or a watch. Babies and children can easily determine their needs without a clock and so that is how life was then.
internal clocks pulse
mother nurses, cleans, comforts
infant cries
© Tournesol ‘14/08/03
I remember when I first started working as a youth counsellor at our help line, I used to feel uneasy for talking a bit longer than some of my colleagues. Finally after three years, I had this amazing clinical supervisor who had watched me, observed my style and told me it was just the way I was. That was how I was able to engage with youths before they felt comfortable to disclose. When youth asks me if they are taking up too much time and feel they should let go, I tell them, “This call ends when you are finished sharing what you need to get off your chest, and we can find some options to help you through this.”
Sometimes we may be short-staffed due to illness and colleagues may worry seeing there are other callers waiting in the queue. I don’t look at that…I refuse to for I cannot be present with a youth if I my mind is wandering about caller number 2 or 3. I can ONLY take one call at a time and be with that person in a meaningful way.
just ended a call,
sun sets below the skyline

© Tournesol ‘14/08/03


  1. The Amish don't wear watches. They may have a wind up clock in their homes. But the day is defined by dawn, noon and dusk.

    While their choice to live 'plain' seems idyllic they too have very human emotions. Balance is always the key.

    Thank you for taking your time when you help those in need.
    Cheers, Jules.

  2. Their lives do fascinate us and I always feel for the teens who are at the questioning stage, rebellious in mind, not daring to disobey. We have had calls from youths from similar environments...such a delicate passage for these teens.

  3. Nice set of haiku written in response on our 'time' and movement prompt Cheryl Lynn.


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