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Haiku Poem: Circle of life | Pampers or Depends | Birth until Death

Updated on March 25, 2012

Circles with No beginning or end in the Japanese Contemplation Gardens

Japanese Gardens in Portland Oregon 2009
Japanese Gardens in Portland Oregon 2009 | Source

Haiku poem: Circle of Life Infancy to Elderly


Pampers to Depends

Infancy to Elderly

Life Begins and ends


Strollers to wheelchairs

Daycare to caregiver like

Crawling, Falling both


Pureed food no teeth

Sippy cups to feeding tubes,

Drooling, feed times, bibs.


Life goes full circle

Save for college tuition

Social security ends




Life goes full circle

Is life all about the destination, the process, the journey or is it about the here and now. I have come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between the actual experiences in beginning of life and the its end...creation of the alpha only to end with dust to dust of the omega....like the yin and yang, life goes full circle. We are born into life and live life until we exhaust the fleshly vessel.

This past year I became a grandmother. The birth of a child is the greatest miracle of all with an incomparable awesome eternal love that bonds each generation beyond compare. Within this same year my husband's elderly father moved into our household. Learning to take care of the elderly is very similar to learning to take care of an infant. The dichotomy of my world consists of diapers or depends, milk bottles or water bottles, strollers or wheel chairs, feeding times, bathing times, meal cleanups and household safety alterations to name a few.

Somedays I ponder the delight of new life in progress and also the unfairness of the aging process within the same day or even the same hour. The similarities are many as I go from baby world to eldercare. We are born, at some point gain anticipation of the living the good life only to find in the twilight hours of our life we arrive at the point of full circle. For one the day is dawning, for another the day grows dim.


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      Hazard 

      3 years ago

      This is an excellent acilrte on some of the options available to caregivers. Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's can be a difficult task, and this acilrte provides great information on a number of available resources. Adult day care centers like Active Day can provide care, companionship, and much more for your loved one. Consider adult day care for your loved one. It provides a great alternative to traditional care, with many locations and affordable options.

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      Golfgal 

      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hey Susan, thanks for taking a moment to leave a friendly comment...it is still a work in progress, so much more to say about the comparisons so I will likely add more to this peice. I love being a gramma!!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love this Haiku :) Congratulations on being a gramma. I love the new profile picture!

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      Golfgal 

      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks Sankari, Sunnie Day and Senoritaa for stopping by to Haiku with me. I was inspired by others on the Hub this week...a usual occurence on this site. I appreciate all your comments. Happy Holidays to you. Enjoy today...to its fullest...tomorrow is another day.

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      True! Not much of a difference between an infant and an aged person. Loved your Haiku.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Hello fellow Texan,

      This was really good. I enjoyed your Haiku and hub very much! Thank you for sharing..Happy Holidays

      Sunnie

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      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      nice one!

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