Decades of Bondage

 
Salvaged memories
Material attachment
Decades of bondage

Keep, donate or throw
Mantra for diffusing chaos
Dislodge blockages

Spiritually
Looking forward to freedom
Slavery no more

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The prompt this week for Haiku Heights is Slavery. My take on the prompt surfaced and describes my past few days of activity.

It is over 100 °F in the shade in Central Texas (USA). My sister-in-law graciously offered to help me clean out our attic and organize our home. I wonder if she is “crazy” and/or regrets her offer. 🙂

In order to streamline Ray and my belongings, my goal is to clear out the chaos and accumulated “blocked energy”. Note to self: summertime in Texas is NOT the best time for this undertaking. However, it is worth enduring the seasonal inconvenience and timeframe with the generous offer of assistance. She remarks I may dislike her by the time we are finished; she says she will not cut me any slack … it is either keep, donate or throw … keep, donate or throw … keep, donate or throw!!

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When Ray and I married 20 years ago – we both had 2 complete three bedroom homes, completely furnished. The boxes were moved by others, and we, unfortunately, never unified our belongings.  Add to this, twenty (20) years of “gathering”!! YIKES!!!

I am eagerly looking forward to the freedom from material slavery!

Image Credit

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

 

Haiku Heights
Prompt:
Slavery

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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33 Responses to Decades of Bondage

  1. jennirey says:

    Yard-sale!!!!! (Stay Hydrated!!!)

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  2. Ah … these definitely make one think. Very Good. Now let’s see if the comment goes through.

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  3. trisha says:

    fantastic trio. all three are beautiful. loved the sentiment of the first one.

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  4. Wonderful haiku. I can certainly relate!

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  5. Talon says:

    I loved your take on slavery, Becca. And good luck with the clear-out. It’s hard work, but soooo worth it in the end. And you’ll always have the memories that were attached to things.

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  6. a.m. trumble says:

    oh becca, lovely, wonderful.

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  7. Amanda Moore says:

    Becca your sister-in-law is awesome the attic is the hottest place in a home! I wish it were 100 here I love the heat and we have had none for months….. in Calif no less!
    These Haiku are great testaments to letting my attic is filled with my mother-in-laws things they are hard to part with I can understand! Beautiful writing!

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  8. prema says:

    hey becca…..i found so much of truth in the second haiku. the way we cling on to material things or negative thought processes, its not funny. we need to de-clutter and break free from the bondages to these. its a liberating experience when we do that.

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  9. Pat Cegan says:

    Applause for the poetry, for the freeing of your past, for the courage to admit all of this to us. 🙂
    Good job all around, Becca. When I came to Brazil, I gave away a house full of STUFF, beautiful though much of it was. I came here with one suitcase and never have I felt such freedom. When we get rid of our physical clutter, it also frees us to get rid of our mental clutter! Hugs, pat

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  10. Madhumathi says:

    Wow..that’s a nice post! Really liked it 🙂

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  11. Good luck with your clean out! It is quite a freeing experience, though the process itself can be tough. I always seem to pick the hottest day of the year to find time for my annual clean out. (I live in a studio apartment, so I HAVE to!)

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  12. Spirituality, slavery no more. Be in’ free is free indeed. Liked ur haikus. Blessings.

    http://henryclemmonspoet.blogspot.com/2011/06/dream-seed.html

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  13. Oh wow that is a big job! I am in the process of moving and I just had an apartment it feels like a ton of stuff (well there are tons of books lol) I can’t imagine your undertaking. The haiku are just stunning we definitely get trapped and blocked in our clutter

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  14. ladynimue says:

    Indeed a good activity !!
    I too believe, we all must get rid of our stuff as soon as we finish using most of it .. memories do not help .. helping others gives you smiles and peace !

    God bless you and your sister in law !!
    Have fun ladies 😉

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  15. christine says:

    Loved all three of them, understand the bondage of stuff, what I really am attached to are pictures, all else can go.

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  16. souldipper says:

    Hurrah, Becca! And bless your SIL’s heart! This is such a worthwhile exercise. I have seen the grief that families face when they are left to clean out a lifetime of gathering. I hope you will feel like a weight has been lifted. My friends know that any gifts from now on have to be consumable in nature! I do not want to accumulate any more stuff.

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  17. Renee Espriu says:

    It is unfortunate, or not, for some that our ‘things’ define who we are and that attachment to them can take away one’s freedom. I like how you have given this some perspective we all tend not to want to look at. Well done!

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