#WouldYouNoticeIf · 1 July 2017

I saw a trending #hashtag on #Twitter the other day that inspired a short (less than 140 characters) poem.

…the sun did not shine
…the moon did not rise
…the rain did not fall
…the Spirit did call?

There are things that happen all around us that we might not ever notice. We are too busy with our phones and our own little worlds to see what is going on around us. Sure, there are those who see everything, but they seem to be fewer and farther between than they used to be. They are a vanishing breed. Oh, there are those who notice everything happening on the internet. Big news, little news, trivial news, sensational news, or even fake news. But I wonder if we fail to see the big news right in front of our faces happening every day.

I see people take selfies and otheries and even videos all the time. They put those images and videos on the internet through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever happens to be the trending social media. I wonder if the desire to be in front of or behind the camera has lessened our desire to be in the moment. Or at least dulled the sense of being in the moment. Do we have the cheesy smile ready all the time in case somebody snaps a quick picture? Do we have something witty to say in case somebody starts taking a video while we are doing something mundane and normal? Do we look at everything from a photographer’s or videographer’s point of view now? So much so that we forget that life happens even when the camera is off?

I wonder.

I wonder if we have passed the point of no return. If everybody will soon have a live video feed to their social media going twenty-four seven. I hope not. I hope that we can live life and notice the little things happening around us. I hope we can enjoy the sunshine or the full moon rising or even the rain falling. Without needing to take a picture of it or video it or stream it live. I hope we can hear the Spirit call us to a full life. Yes, I hope so.

But still, I wonder.

I was not planning on writing as much as I have about a simple #hashtag, but sometimes social media is more than just a platform to promote yourself. Sometimes (if we take the time to notice) thoughts can spring from a tender moment or a mundane task or a even simple question.

So I wonder. #WouldYouNoticeIf?

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Ode to Marc… · 24 June 2017

Photo courtesy Marc Hillestad

If you know my friend, Marc, you understand what is coming next. If not, let me explain.

I have known Marc since 1995. Twenty-some years. (Actually, twenty-two so far, but who’s counting?) We got hired to teach in the same year and are still at it. Both teaching and teasing. (Marc would say he is a facilitator not a teacher. And he would say that he is not teasing me, but just telling it like it is.) At any rate, we have been friends for a long time.

Marc does not just like to tease me though, he likes to challenge me too. He challenged me again recently. In public, no less. He threw down the gauntlet. He insulted my composition prowess. He dared me.

He dared me to write a haiku about him.

Well, not being one who needs to wait for a double dog dare, I took him up on the challenge. But I could not stop at a haiku. I have a few more words for Marc. In haiku, in limerick, in verse, and in song.

…in Haiku

Marc dared me in public
I will not disappoint him
With nothing but wind.

…in limerick

I have a friend named Marc, he
Is always a little bit snarky
     It is all in good fun
     No matter the deed done
Just don’t give the man a good sharpie.

…in limerick (again)

Marc, he is a friend of mine
He is uncouth, some do opine
     But he’s always there
     To show he cares
I am glad he’s a friend of mine

…in verse

Marc challenges me in so many ways
It is because he has known me so many days.
Just do not ask him how he does it
For he’ll just say I am full of spit.
Still, he tells me I should work to be
The very best that I can be:
“I know mediocre is a reach for you
But I believe it’s something you can do.”
He also helps me be more positive
In what I say and how I live.
He even helps me remember an English lesson
About ending a sentence with a preposition.
Yes, my friend Marc likes to challenge me
To be the best that I can be.
Especially when I miss the mark
I know I can count on my friend Marc.

Photo courtesy Marc Hillestad

…in song (sung to the tune of Amen)

Hey! Marc. (Sing it louder now.)
Hey! Marc. (Hallelujah!)
Hey! Marc. Hey! Marc. Hey! Marc.

…and a last haiku

A force of nature
Using your powers for good
Thanks for the challenge.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Persevere · 17 June 2017

Picture yourself as a baby learning to walk.
Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Get up………………… Fall down………………… Rest a while.
Then do it all over again.
Until you just get up and finally walk.


Keep doing it until you get it right.
Remember this as you go through life.
You learned to walk. You learned to run.
You just kept going. Until you got the job done.

And all that time, you had people cheering you on.
      “You can do it,”
      “Never give up.”
Friends, family, people you did not know.
But you never did it for them.
You just kept getting up.
For you.

Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Rest a while.
Then get up again.

We will still cheer you on.
Like when you were a baby.
And now you can cheer others on too.
You can help them to…
Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Get up. Fall down.
Rest a while.
Then get up again.

Then help others to………………… persevere.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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