Haiku H033

My body and mind –
Siblings in a rivalry
Proving who’s toughest




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

A few nights prior to composing this poem, I went for my first real run in 2015. I had ran twice before, but they were shorter runs, and so far spaced out I’m sure I’ve lost all benefits of them. Having been a marathon runner a few years back, and keeping fit generally this winter, I thought I had enough to run a half marathon as a “welcome back” training sort of run. I was feeling great so I put in some speed intervals, as well as leaped over some obstacles during my run. Unfortunately, at about 11.5 miles, my right leg cramped up and I ended up walking a mile home (short cut from remainder of the route).

Tonight, 48 hours later, I was still aching but I was determined to get out to do that half marathon run, though without those intervals and jumps as I started out aching. I called it a “revenge run”, with the mind needing to tell the body who’s boss. I got my run done, but also realized that tomorrow, the body will have something to say about who’s “boss”.

So instead of thinking of it as a serious battle for superiority where one is usually dominant, and hate the other like in a battle or war, I reframed it through the analogy of a friendly sibling rivalry. My mind and body do not hate each other, at least not for long. They are very much like siblings, and the way they interact, are very much in a sibling rivalry.

Thus, this haiku was born. Didn’t even have to think twice about it, actually. The way I said the words in my head to formulate the idea were exactly the way you see it above! I just had a sense there were enough syllables in the first and second line not to think in natural sentence form to include “are” between them. That would have put me one syllable over.

This haiku writing thing feels like it’s becoming second nature! 🙂

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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