“Children taught not to stamp on insects and to respect worms” (Terry O’Connor)

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rushing for the train
. . . usually I’d take care
to avoid a snail

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Headlines:

“Children taught not to stamp on insects and to respect worms” (Telegraph UK)

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Poem by Terry O’Connor. Read more by this poet.

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^ 5 Comments...

  1. Janet

    smile.

  2. Editor

    This is a beautiful poem and article Terry. Reminds me of one I wrote a year or so ago:

    clumsy giant
    how many insects have
    you orphaned

    Anyway – thanks for bringing this to Haiku News Terry. A lovely addition. One of my recent favs for sure.

  3. Chen-ou Liu

    Terry, I like your Issa-esque haiku. Nicely done.

    Chen-ou

  4. Ikiru

    Issa would be proud. :-)

    What a wonderful idea for schoolchildren to help cultivate empathy.

    ~josh

  5. Terry

    Yes, what a marvellous value to instil in a child. It’s always about education, and the ripple effect would surely be a more concious, sensitive human being.

    Josh and Chen-ou, ah yes, Issa Doolittle :) a favourite too. Thank you.

    Dick, this is quite apt:

    clumsy giant
    how many insects have
    you orphaned

    Although I might forgive a clumsy giant sooner than a careless one, but at least we’re trying now. Education is key to preserving and caring for what still remains and it seems we are doing that.

    Pessimism fading, optimism growing :)

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