Haiku “Tenderness”

Haiku “Tenderness”
Collage & Haiku by Jennifer Kiley
Created 03.26.13
Posted 03.27.13

tenderness by j. kiley (c) jennifer kiley 2013

tenderness by j. kiley (c) jennifer kiley 2013

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Love Me Tender — Elvis Presley (Lyrics)

QUOTATIONS for TENDERNESS:

“I am proud only of those days that pass in undivided tenderness.” ― Robert Bly, A Little Book on the Human Shadow

“You don’t blast a heart open,” she said. “You coax and nurture it open, like the sun does to a rose.” ― Melody Beattie, The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Live When It All Seems Too Hard to Take

“Tender,” she said again. “Tender is kind and gentle. It’s also sore, like the skin around an injury.” ― Brenna Yovanoff, The Space Between

“Live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness. Tenderness awakens within the security of knowing we are thoroughly and sincerely liked by someone…” ― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

“You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship. Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness.” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie

“You know those little moments when an unexpected act or a spoken word affects your heart with sweet, satiating intensity – a simple gesture that possesses deep, personal meaning beyond what anyone realizes? You know those tender moments? That’s the Goddess pressing her lips on your forehead and whispering, ‘I love you’.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“And this tenderness was not like
That which a certain poet
At the beginning of the century called true
And, for some reason, quiet. No, not at all—
It rang out, like the first waterfall,
It crunched like the crust of bluish ice
And it prayed with a swanlike voice,
And it broke down right before our eyes.”
― Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems

“He danced the way he made love, with passion and tenderness and spirit, communicating with hands and eyes the most subtle messages, tenderly making up for Lila’s awkwardness. In his lashes and his hair, mist clung in tiny diamond drops. She could not take her eyes from him.” ― Ruth Wind, The Light of Day

“I will never hurt you.
I will always help you.
If you are hungry
Ill give you my food.
If you are frightened
I am your friend.
I love you now.
And love does not end.”
― Orson Scott Card, Songmaster

“That deepest thing, that recognition, that knowledge, that sense of kinship began the first time I saw you,and it is the same now – only a thousand times deeper and tenderer. I shall love you to eternity. I loved you long before we met in this flesh. I knew that when I first saw you. It was destiny. We are together like this and nothing can shake us apart.” ― Kahlil Gibran

9 thoughts on “Haiku “Tenderness”

  1. “That deepest thing, that recognition, that knowledge, that sense of kinship began the first time I saw you,and it is the same now – only a thousand times deeper and tenderer. I shall love you to eternity. I loved you long before we met in this flesh. I knew that when I first saw you. It was destiny. We are together like this and nothing can shake us apart.” ― Kahlil Gibran

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      • JK – I worked for a while at The Cleveland Museum of Art. CMA; and I saw so many people come through the museum – stand in front of a masterpiece – and never look up from their smart phone to admire the art. I wondered why did you even come here? Your post made me think of those times…and sometimes we should close down electronics and live for the now.

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        • I may spend a lot of time online but the chance to see something of beauty whether is artwork or anything that takes your breath away we all need to look up and notice. When I do my posts, I am always looking for or creating beautiful or thought provoking images or words. Staring at a mindless screen to see nothing of great significance seems to me it takes away from the meaning of life & that one is missing out on being alive. Thank you for your great observation. And what about those who walk into fountains and walls or crash into the back of other cars that have stopped in front of them. Nice to meet you Mark. jk jennifer

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          • Yes, I’ve seen video of a lady walking into a mall fountain while on her cell phone. Crazy. They just imposed a law here in Ohio outlawing texting and driving. With good reason I think. But now I wait for future challenges where the defendant says I wasn’t texting, I was web surfing. Anyway. Nice to meet you too.

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    • Are adults afraid of such delicacy of feelings? I know I experience tenderness with my animals all of the time. I try never to walk by them without reaching out a hand to touch them with a long pet or quick snuggle. They love it & then we get on with what we were doing. Other times we spend longer time playing and hanging out. There is always time to show tenderness. With people it may be a fear of rejection or fear of humiliation that they will be belittled for being too sensitive but I find it is important to open one’s self to our vulnerable self and let the tenderness in and to give tenderness back in true. a.l jk

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