bah humbug!

As I grow older, my faith in humanity slowly shrivels. Man’s heart is selfish, proud, and violent. It’s been that way since the beginning but we all want to believe differently. We so desperately want to think better of ourselves and our loved ones but we too can go “there” (whatever evil direction “there” may be). I’ve been hurt most often and most deeply by the one I thought loved me most (or, at least, that I loved most). And I have hurt those I claim to love. Our love and compassion are so limited but our capacity for anger and hatred so large. Man feeds on violence: Rome had its gladiator entertainment, there has been war and genocide throughout human history, our “civilized” society kills the innocent in the womb and produces individuals that go on shooting rampages. I’m sure a hundred years from now, if mankind survives itself, people will look back and consider us “barbaric”.


blood red tulip buds

bulbs split, leaf swords thrust upward

blossoms burst open



Mish asks us to write about “faith” in broad sense for haibun Monday at dVerse Poets.



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiemiafrederick
    Apr 04, 2018 @ 23:40:46

    SAdly in all the News
    DArkness attracts the
    DArk most and those too
    To Tear
    aWay More
    From the News
    to See Joy of Tears
    iNstead of SAdness more..
    For SPArrows
    oF LoVE HaVE
    PLenTy oF LoVE
    NeVeR Be Hungry
    Love Divides The
    Lines oF Fear And
    Hate As TruE FaitH WiTHiN..:)


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 03, 2018 @ 14:41:47

    I actually chose to believe good in most people… we just have to listen to ourselves instead of being absorbed by haters.


  3. Jo Aylard
    Apr 03, 2018 @ 13:56:26

    I love the hope in your haiku!


  4. Waltermarks
    Apr 03, 2018 @ 08:18:25

    Yes, we are all capable of evil. It is a congenital condition. Your Haiku speaks to that well. The swords emerge as does the flower


  5. kim881
    Apr 03, 2018 @ 02:23:57

    I so agree with the sentiment in your haibun, Lynn: ‘Man’s heart is selfish, proud, and violent’. But there is still hope in your haiku!


  6. rothpoetry
    Apr 02, 2018 @ 19:09:03

    Your story rings true with passion and pain. It is never too late to have hope…


  7. Mish
    Apr 02, 2018 @ 16:28:10

    “Our love and compassion are so limited but our capacity for anger and hatred so large.” I wonder why.


  8. revivedwriter
    Apr 02, 2018 @ 16:17:58

    I definitely agree with your last line of prose, and your haiku is fitting and vivid.


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