haiku: one birthday two souls


My dad and I share the same birthday, which is November 6th. Quite a milestone, my dad turns 80 today.

Thanks, Dad, for holding my hand through the journey. Here are a few haiku in honor of you.


One birthday two souls

twenty-four years between us

daddy and daughter.


“Benny” and “Bonnie”

written on the cake for two–

how many candles?



Sunday morn and night,

Wednesday night off to church

spring, summer, fall snow.



Trucks, gardens, cars, tools:

strong hands work hard with purpose

ways to show his love.



He works with his hands

Jesus’ face shines on his heart

I see Light in him.


Shoulders slump with care:

May heart in December frame,

he’s eighty today.



Eighty years’ milestone

God’s grace shines brightly and shows,

there’s joy in sunset.


Happy birthday dad

thanks for love, patience, and grace

thanks dad, just plain thanks!


Here’s a little hope:

yesterday is full reward,

the best yet will be.



My father’s shadow

lengthens across the years of

what was, is, will be.



What I want for my

birthday? Days of quiet peace,

nothing but the sea.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Tara says:

    And I pray you have a wonderfully happy birthday as well, my friend!

  2. Bonnie says:


    Thanks so much.


  3. gimble says:

    Ugh, I’m crying. Your
    tender words put to shame this
    cold heartless blogger.

    I lost my father just about two years ago, right after the holidays. I am so glad you two have each other and continue to enjoy your birthdays together. You have made my day with your beautiful record of your special shared day.

  4. Bonnie says:


    Thanks for your birthday sentiment and kind words. I am sorry for your loss. Parents cannot be replaced; I pray love and memories will fill the gap.

    Your blog is totally inspiring. You are a very gifted writer. I enjoyed many of your posts and will visit often.

    In fact, you inspired me to start writing haiku again. I haven’t written since high school; although, I keep the poetical muscles flexed. But haiku is so spare, so concentrated, so on target.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  5. Jeremy says:

    happy b-day!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Thanks, Jeremy!

  7. sarah says:

    Happy Birthday Bonnie!

    I dreamt of my dad who past away almost 14 years ago last night. Woke up this morning just missing him & missing my grand father too. its funny how your words to your dad bring comfort to me.


  8. Bonnie says:


    Imagine a dream of your dad after 14 years. Wow! How we all need each other.


  9. lamar howell says:

    These are good haiku
    Bonnie please forgive me for
    responding in kind

    Haiku makes me count
    to make sure it’s seventeen
    If it’s not, I LOL!

  10. emma Rudolph says:

    bon, Happy birthday!!!!!! How absolutely sweet and loving. What a treasure to always be able to think and appreciate your dad on your birthday. I loved this Bon. Hope your day was full and yes tip that glass of wine and enjoy. Remember those close and the years to come when time is perfumed with the sweet scent of loving memories.

  11. Mom says:

    Your Dad and I just looked at your birthday blog. What a wonderful tribute to your wonderful Father. We so enjoyed reading it. Once again we are so proud of your God given writing ability. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you so much for the long telephone conversation we had yesterday with all of you. Made our day.

    May you have many more great years to honor God.

    Love in Him, Mom

  12. Bonnie says:

    Thanks, Mom.

    Glad you guys enjoyed it. Have a great barbeque on the weekend!


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