Haiku of the Heart – for Sali

This past Thursday, September 19, 2013, turned out to be an early Full Moon night. For some reason I ended up visiting Sali 3 times that day, twice to drop off things. The first time I stayed with her as she and the other residents were going to be entertained by a country music band. Their gentle songs from the fifties brought back memories when I first heard them as a child. It was very relaxing and healing for us as we listened together. When I returned later that night to read to her, she was already in bed. I leaned in and looked closely into her eyes. We both started laughing out loud, with great joy in our hearts. While sharing this experience with a friend at lunch today, the day of the autumnal equinox, I spoke of experiencing an orgasm of the heart. She repeated that line, and said it was something special. I noticed it also had seven syllables and wrote it down. Later, when we all went out for a walk together, the rest of the haiku easily assembled itself. I shared it with her; it sounded powerful. She said it gave her goosebumps, from head to toe and back.

Haiku of the Heart
for Sali

♥ ♥ ♥

Such joy between us
An orgasm of the heart
Looking in your eyes

♥ ♥ ♥

© Ken Chawkin
Experienced Thursday, September 19, 2013, Full Moon Night
Written Sunday, September 22, 2013, Autumnal Equinox
Fairfield, Iowa, USA

I remember another joyful time Being with Sali, August 1, 2012, also on a full moon night: Capturing an authentic moment in writing.

On August 31, 2017 I posted this related entry: ‘In Our Loving Eyes’ a poem by @kenchawkin remembering a special love with Sally Peden.

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4 Responses to “Haiku of the Heart – for Sali”

  1. Margot Says:

    How beautiful it is that you share such special moments in all innocence and love. I admire your huge capacity to love. What a wonder that is! What a great teaching it is to all of us, Ken.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ‘In Our Loving Eyes’ a poem by @kenchawkin remembering a special love with Sally Peden | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] Looking back, here’s a related poem posted September 22, 2013: Haiku of the Heart – for Sali. […]


  3. Capturing an authentic moment in writing | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] I also remember another joyful experience with Sali, also on a full moon night, a year and month later: Haiku of the Heart – for Sali. […]


  4. Poem for Sali—An Undying Love—heals the heart | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] See these two earlier blog posts, written around a year apart on full moon nights, about the joy we shared together: Capturing an authentic moment in writing, and Haiku of the Heart – for Sali. […]


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