Kat’s Eye #102 – Kitchen Sink Haiku

Last night, as happens every night, my two terrifyingly fierce hounds of hell alerted me to the OH’s return from work as he parked in our driveway. I noticed then everything went eerily quiet and that he was taking an extraordinarily long time to open the front door. Starting to get just ever so slightly freaked out, I unlocked the door and peeped out and there he was, key in hand, carefully holding in his other hand a huge, stunning rose from our front garden. The scent hit me immediately. He had taken so long because he had wrestled the bloom away from its very thorny bush without the aid of clippers in order to surprise me. Because it was getting late I popped it into a bottle and left it by the kitchen sink.

I noticed this morning, as I stood once again at my kitchen sink, how powerful the perfume was, and was reminded of a line from one of my favourite poems, which has also featured as a Kat’s Eye. I felt quite the opposite of what Kavanagh wrote though; rather than “wallow in the… banal”, I was struck by the contrast between the prosaicness of my sink, sponge and Fairy liquid, (other brands are available…),  and the glorious natural artistry of the rose that sat next to it. If anything, my very ordinary, domestic setting highlighted the glory of the flower, its delicacy, its scent; its utter beauty.

So, I scribbled a hurried, and not very good haiku, and captured it for memories sake…


To repeat a very old idiom – sometimes it really is good to stop and smell the roses!


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Word for Wednesday (W4W) #38


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This week’s word is…


Apparently I suffer with this affliction.

The OH subscribes to the basic premise that “people are cunts” and that the world is not a friendly or good place.

If this makes him the North Pole then I am the South.

I am Lesley Knope and he is Ron Swanson.

*I believe that people, for the vast majority, are inherently good, strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet and that the world is full of love and potential to be even better.

He looks at me with a mixture of sadness, affection and wistfulness when I say these things, as if it would break his hurt to burst my bubble. He tells me I live in a bubble most times; a place where everything is lovely, where good triumphs over evil and where everything always works out in the end.

My bubble has been somewhat burst of late, and it saddens me.

Recently, I have witnessed people being utterly selfish and cruel, not giving so much as a thought to how their actions impact on the lives and feelings of others. I have experienced it first hand and watched helplessly as people close to me have had the same things happen to them. It makes me doubt my philosophy that people are good, that the world can be a kind and happy place.

Why are people so mean? Why? I have always opted to believe people’s nastiness is borne from their own feelings of sadness or insecurity and they feel a need to spread their misery around. I still think this could well be the root cause of people being horrible to each other but I am less inclined to let it slide anymore.

If you are sad, have had a horrible day, or feel bad about yourself, that does NOT give you the right to make anyone else’s life more difficult or unhappy. If you feel bad either ask for help, find way through or do whatever you need to do but do not take it out on innocent bystanders. Trust me, you will not feel better in the long run by infecting others with your misery.

You do not rise higher by putting other people down.

I am going to try very hard to maintain my inherent belief that people are good… I refuse to be dragged down. I will not join the OH in his opinion that “people are cunts”.

If the only thing I can do to help him and other people I love deal with the shit that life throws at us all is to be their Little Miss Sunshine then that is what I will do.

This world needs people to believe in beauty, even if it’s hard to see sometimes.

The world needs us deluded dreamers. Don’t you think?



*footnote: Buzzfeed is never wrong!


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