Hiaku #9: Mundānus? Or, ‘The Man In The Window’

20170608 HAIKU 9 MUNDANUSAs you know I really like the traditional haiku – short poems consisting of three lines, and the lines containing firstly five syllables, then seven, then five.

Here’s some recent haiku penned by yours truly with you in mind, preceded by a brief introduction.

My late dad used to look forward to our thrice-weekly visit to a local café, and if he could, he would always choose a table by one of the large windows that overlooked a busy main road. Talking, supping coffee, reading on his kindle or gazing out of the café window and watching people, buses and cars going by, he loved the simple things in life, and lived life to the full. He referred to himself, jokingly, as the man in the…well, best to read the haiku, below.

Watching the world pass.
Enthralled by its pace. The ‘man
in the window’, laughs.

Whatever work we do, we provide something unique in the universe that only we can do in our own inimitable way. There are no sacred or mundane tasks. All are the same in the sight of the Universe, the Source of All. All are creative outpourings, albeit using the broadest, but no less true, definition of that word.

Artist. Mechanic.
Office worker. Musician.
Love ‘solidified’.

And, one of the most arduous tasks, that is greatly appreciated by me when I’m in Fulham (in London) – and liked by others, I’m sure – around autumn time, is the tough work of the ‘road sweepers’, who clear the pavement so diligently of fallen leaves – a ‘slide’ hazard, when wet, to the elderly etc.

Remembering Fall.
Great workers go unnoticed?
Until now. Much loved.

What we do, and that can be outworked in a myriad of ways, has an effect whether we see the result or not, or even whether we know it or not. Be encouraged. It is easy to fall into comparing our work with others, but our creative work, service work, Christian prayers, Light-worker energy-sending, Druid rituals, liturgy or time spent in listening to others etc, and/or appreciating wonders of nature around us,  are all equally magnificent, of worth and greatly valued. If it seems no one notices, rest assured that the Source of All notices, and blessings will come back to you, albeit in different ways, a thousand-fold.

Words of love, actions,
thoughts, ritual, liturgy.
All have great meaning.

And, my final haiku for today, a blessing to you for reading this, is below:

You are greatly loved.
The Source of All sings to you
and those whom you love.

Blessings, Tadhg


[Apologies for the misspelling of the word haiku. Ooops. To err is human.]


6 thoughts on “Hiaku #9: Mundānus? Or, ‘The Man In The Window’

  1. Dear Tadhg, Thank you for this lovely post which is just what I needed. Please let me introduce myself. I’m Petrus (just call me Peter) Byl from Perth,Australia. I’m 58 , married 29 years with two daughters 24 and 22. The oldest is married with a 10 month daughter and the youngest is getting married next year. My interests are music, Aikido , travel , gardening , contemplative prayer and stuff like what you write about. I work as a Mental Health nurse( for 30yrs) and have been working in adolescent mental health since 1996. I’ve struggled with my work during the last 4 to 5 years to the point that I ended up on anti depressants for a year. I’ve recently been reported for restraining a patient on my own without authorisation. The fact that I did it because she was attacking staff didn’t seem to matter nor the fact that I was careful by using an Aikido technique and did not use pain as a method of compliance. Even the registrar backed me up but I gather he was the only one. Well to cut the long story short I am no longer allowed to work in the adolescent unit which is really a plus because with all the political correctness related to the new ways of dealing with aggression it simply makes my work or the way I used to work impossible. The newer staff know no different but us older staff remember how we used to handle aggression more effectively which lead to a more harmonius ward enviroment. Now the stress is greater as there are no consequences (not punishment, consequences) which can adversely affect patients and staff. I was told that since I left a new rule came in where you can’t even use the word “no”. So far now I’m waiting for a new placement which wouldn’t happen anytime soon so I’m doing office work. It certainly beats the stress of where I used to work but I can’t help but feel discarded and of little use. On some days like yesterday it really gets me down which is why your blog was such a blessing. So thank you so very much. Also I was wondering if your services could be of any help to me. Kind regards Peter

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    • Thank you for your kind words and for sharing. It is tough working at the ‘sharp end’, and it can be quite exacting. I like to think of life in ‘seasons’ and it seems you’re in another season now…and there’s always a period of ‘discovery’ and adjustment (whilst feelings catch up). Please do email me: tadhg@tadhg.cymru

      Meanwhile, please do stay in touch, and many blessings to you and yours.Tadhg.


  2. Thank you Tadgh
    A beautiful post, with much treasure weaved into its simplicity. I resonated with much of what you wrote, as I sit in a lovely Welsh B&B this morning, with disruption and uncertainty abound..
    Bless You

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