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WISHES

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THREE WISHES

wish is a hope or desire for a thing or person to appear, for an immaterial thing to become real, for a condition to change, or any of an unlimited number of desires for change.  Traditionally, a wish is request from a supernatural being to cause something to be changed or created.  A template for fictional wishes could be The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, specifically the tale of Aladdin, although in the tale of Aladdin the actual wishes were only part of the tale.  Classically the wish provider is often a spirit, Genie or similar entity, bound or constrained within an object, like Aladdin’s oil lamp for example.

In the case of the Magic Lamp, there are several steps to getting your wish fulfilled:

  1. The first step in wishing is to assume or discover that a “supernatural being” exists!
  2. The next step is to assume that the alleged Supernatural Being is LISTENING to your request.
  3. Then, the magical Supernatural Being must have the ABILITY to make the wish become reality.
  4. Finally, the Supernatural Being must actually WANT to make your wish happen for you.

What are the odds that all of these circumstances will ever exist?  You do the math….

However, there are other forms of “wishing” or asking for something from a supernatural being.  The most common kind of “wishing” is prayer.  Another kind of wishing is daydreaming, or imagination or meditation.  Another kind of wishing is figuring out how to make something happen and working hard, and persisting long enough to MAKE it happen!  

This is almost always the most reliable way of making a wish come true.  And, YOU are a Supernatural Being that can make YOUR wishes come true.

—  Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013.

SERENE HAIKU

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SERENE HAIKU

haiku, unrhymed Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. The term haiku is derived from the first element of the word haikai (a humorous form of renga, or linked-verse poem) and the second element of the word hokku (the initial stanza of a renga). The hokku, which set the tone of a renga, had to mention in its three lines such subjects as the season, time of day, and the dominant features of the landscape, making it almost an independent poem. The hokku (often interchangeably called haikai) became known as the haiku late in the 19th century, when it was entirely divested of its original function of opening a sequence of verse; today even the earlier hokku are usually called haiku.

Originally, the haiku form was restricted in subject matter to an objective description of nature suggestive of one of the seasons, evoking a definite, though unstated, emotional response. The form gained distinction in the 17th century, during the Tokugawa period, when the great master Bashō elevated the hokku, as it was then known, to a highly refined and conscious art. Haiku has since remained the most popular form in Japanese poetry.