Jeannie, who blogs as The Writtennubbin, commented in response to my post Hunter-Gatherer and this led to the following exchange of haiku. We had great fun. Hope you enjoy it – once we got started, took minutes of each other…


Eric (February 29, 2012 at 7:46 am)

Painful lessons paid

With shattered lives, families

Oh, a sorry trade

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am)

Sorrow and pain knocks

On the door of foolish men

There’s no place to hide

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am)

Hiding from his shame

Lying words, thoughtless actions

Discard worthless pride

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 9:48 am)

There is no pride left

Only bitter trails of woe

Littered path of lies

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 9:54 am)

Man’s honour for sale

Man’s integrity buried

Notches on his sleeve

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am)

A false bravado

Is your only claim to fame

Glass houses shatter

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 10:15 am) Very good Jeannie – keep it coming

To love and protect

Covenants in His presence

Man, whereof your word?

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 10:27 am)

Words lightly spoken

No promises meant to keep

A false devotion

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 10:34 am)

Man, behold My Word

You lied before My Presence

A price you will pay

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am)

I AM that I AM

I know you for what you are

Yea! Vengeance is mine!

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am) I really love this haiku about vengeance, Jeannie. Brought a smile to me 🙂 Perhaps time for some positivity…

Let us dust our shoes

Leaving baggage, journey forth

Find that one true love

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am) Please say “when” you post the final words. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.

Seems I’ve forgotten

What a true love really is

Bestow the blessing

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 10:59 am) No worries Jeannie. I am enjoying this and you are one talented lady. Okay, I have to leave in another 30 minutes. Let us do two/three more each and we are done, ok?

I come bearing love

Tempered by a betrayal

My love strong and true

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 11:04 am)

Oh! To believe you

It is too good to be true

My heart yearns for love

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 11:09 am)

Let’s cross the threshold

Leave our sorrows at the door

Our lives twin shadows

Jeannie (February 29, 2012 at 11:14 am) This has been so much fun! Your talent shines through like a star–please take the finale. xoxox

I will trust in you

And freely give you my heart

To have and to hold

Eric (February 29, 2012 at 11:17 am)

Not into sunset

We ride into the sunrise

Saddlebags of hope

Eric: We did it 🙂 You and I. It was so exhilarating and thank you so very much, Jeannie. You have my deep respect. Luv and peace, Eric

Jeannie: Thank you my friend. It is been a real pleasure. Beautifully done!


For those not familiar with Jeannie’s The Writtennubbin, I suggest you pop over and trawl her blog.

She is an open and confident person who handled criticism of her prose with grace and maturity. As a business person and after recently publishing a few books, I decided to spend time in literary circles – found most authors egoistical. Jeannie, in contrast, is a breath of fragrant air.

She now focuses on haiku/poetry. However, I hope she will also do prose… 🙂



  1. I really enjoyed this exchange Eric. I love that you include the times so I can imagine the typing back and forth and the exhilaration once you hit the publish button at the end of the haiku’s. Love it!

  2. Hello again Eric,

    Somehow between the eloquent, the verbose, the confused, the cluttered, and the obfuscated there is clarity to be gleaned.

    If I were to envision the perfect dream but could not find words to describe it, how should I enlist the help of others (yourself?) to give it life? To live it out?

    Can you write a haiku on “Freedom” for us? Post it here:

    As you already discovered–we’re not there as a society (nay, not even in Singapore). How do we convince this global community to approach life with collaboration? Are we damned?

    Personally I don’t read much (too busy with making inaccurate observations). I believe the solution to this problem won’t be reached in the lifetime of anyone endeavoring to work on it.

    If you are open to the idea I will attach an essay (written for scholarship consideration and submitted to UMKC last month). I’d like to get your opinion. You could send an address to and I’ll get it.

    Thanks again,


    1. Hello Dan,

      I do have a haiku on “Freedom” written somewhere and shall post it here. Do look out for it – and obviously, if you wish, feel free to reblog.

      My opinion on the essay for scholarship? I’m afraid not. I’m no scholar – certainly not in the literary arts.

      All good wishes with that scholarship.

      1. Thanks for your reply Eric,

        The difference between a literary giant and a literary genius is literally 1/4 inch (0.635 cm). Ha! I write like an engineer because you know what…I are one. (Okay, enough of the corny jokes.)

        You see what needs to get started. A transparency between youthful ignorance and the cunning of old age would help us to empathize with day-to-day survival. Youth slips away; old age makes unrecoverable mistakes. We all lose by not becoming better caregivers.

        The reason I offered my essay was because wordsmithing is a craft. Hindsight, scrutiny, and reevaluation all influence where it is still possible for us to go. The essay may be framed in my specific history but it could just as easily been written by others with differing backgrounds and experiences. The key here is what would be the same. Same goals? Same opinions? Same observations? Same freedoms?

        So no harm intended by my asking. Thank you. Dan

  3. I loved the poetic banter…I think both of you are very talented…what a crative and fun way to play. I hope that what you did spurs on others with such creativity, I know it has for me…thank you

    1. Thank you Kris and it is great that you are also considering something along these lines…we can all learn from each other, enjoy and grow. All good wishes, Eric

  4. This is a really great idea. Much of it is very powerful without the effect of making feel wounded (I don’t need that on a Friday!). I really enjoy the show of creativity.

    1. All done in fun, Eric and we carry each other as we raft along – laughing, a little anxious perhaps and bonding. Great blogging community, this. Do visit Jeannie’s blog – she has some nuggets stashed away. Peace and luv, Eric

    1. Awww Jane dear,
      You spoil me so. This world needs all the “sunshine” we can get. Many bloggers including you are helping to spread this.
      Basking in your sunshine,
      your buddy Eric

  5. Thank you for sharing. The exchange between you two was fun to read. I had forgotten how much I love Haiku, something I’ve never been very good at though.

    1. Thank you buddy Jane.
      If you have not already, do visit Jeannie’s blog – like me, I am sure you’ll enjoy the reads.
      Lots of luv and hugz,

  6. amazing exchange of words between two talent/eloquent people. thank you for allowing us to enjoy this post. and THANK YOU!!!!!! for stopping by my blog and liking every one of my posts!!! that absolutely made my day!! peace and love.

    1. Thank you for your compliments.

      Yes, I enjoyed my visit and plan to return. You have some interesting thoughts and “voice” – keep up the good work.

      All good wishes, Eric

  7. Hi Eric! Thank you for liking one of my posts. I was browsing around your blog and I really find it a masterpiece….With all the awards…man you really deserved it!Keep posting 🙂

  8. I only just tried some Haiku for the first time in the last couple of days (I’m not much into poetry). This is a cool post though. Some good ones in there.

    Well done to you both!

  9. Eric, you are so right about the adrenalin rush–I was bouncing off the walls! You are living inspiration and I must say again thank you. I will always treasure this experience with you.

    xoxo Jeannie

  10. Again with the haikus … You’re changing my mind about the form. But what really works for me here is the conversational nature – because they play off of each other. And the form is short enough to be very effective in collaboration.

    1. You are right – the conversational when accomplished within a short timeframe of minutes…gives an adrenalin rush…

      Thank you for stopping by with this encouragement Kilroy. Have a great weekend ahead, Eric

  11. Thank you Eric, for sharing our fun time and for your very kind words. I hope to be able to live up to them. And, let me say, you are a tremendous confidence booster and very talented yourself. Your kind and loving spirit shines through!

    xoxo Jeannie

    1. Oh Jeannie,
      Your words wash over me with warmth…and coming from a talented and gracious person…
      We had a blast, didn’t we.
      Have a great weekend ahead,
      Eric 🙂

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