Haiku Journey

Short, long, summary of a life


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In memoriam…

Shooting star, here, gone!

Lighting our lives briefly. Now…

We shine less brightly.

In the past week we’ve seen 52 individuals shot, including 18 killed. Two of the incidents occurred on Naval Bases, or Joint Operating Bases in Pensacola and Pearl Harbor. On December 1st New Orleans had two mass shooting incidents that killed 2 and wounded 12 others. And, today isn’t over… When? When? When?


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Immortal Beauty

So much unfathomable loss, of youth, beauty, life…

Wind Against Current

By Johna Till Johnson

Maria Radner Maria Radner, 1981-Eternity

Among the victims of Germanwings Flight 9525 was Maria Radner, a German opera singer. She was a 33-year old contralto who specialized in Wagner.  I hadn’t heard of her before—no surprise since I’m new to opera, and have yet to warm to Wagner’s music.

But a commentator on one of the news stories posted the video below. Maria Radner sings “Urlicht” (“Primeval Light”) from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.

It’s just under five minutes. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite so lovely. Looking into her serene blue-gray eyes and insouciant half smile, and listening to that soaring voice, all I can think of is that although a deranged man was able to take away her life, the beauty she brought into this world is immortal.

The lyrics translate as follows:

I am from God and want to return…

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Passing

Early spring rains,
Your cherry blossom iridescence.
Lost on the ground.

Passing of friends is always too early. There is no age at which death doesn’t leave us thinking this is too soon. Nor any death that is too sudden. It doesn’t matter whether terminal illness should have prepared us mentally or whether a full and long life leaves rich memories.

Cherry blossoms surprise us with their unfolding beauty and before we’ve had our fill of them the first cold rain of spring strips them away, returning them to the earth.