covered sanctuary



threaded achingly

through time’s needle, prism-ed mind’s

embroidered retreat


34 thoughts on “covered sanctuary

      1. There are academics who spend a lifetime debating the subject, Vanessa. If the writer and the reader think it is haiku then that is what is (in my humble un-academic opinion). Nonetheless it was an excellent poem ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I love this song so much. Been listening to it on and off since 1999. this version of it is mellow, nice, off-beat (?). I love it. It’s in the OST of Fight Club (favorite movie,book), and Mr Robot (favorite TV show). I’m adding this version to my playlist of different versions of Where is my mind. Thankee for shareee.
    The poem, it was a little haunting, yes, but good. Made me think of spiders and their pincers and like a silverish web-thing. Back when i was a kid i went to this factory where they made thread, wound yarn around and stuff. There was a machine that had intricately webbed out a hundred different threads in a mesh. Dye was dripping off of them. It was beautiful and scary. A good poem makes you remember things from your past, and that’s one reason people read, not just poems but stories too, and this one did that for me. So, yeeeeeeeeeee. Thankee.

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    1. Have you? That is very interesting! I do like the Pixies. It has been ages since I have had a good listen to them. I loved this when I first heard it.
      I love your memory. That is gorgeous!
      Thanks for your comment, you are an interesting guy Mr Abe Leaner ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. My dad used to watch movies on VHS. Alone. Of course. Like, Fight Club wasn’t a movie you watched either with your wife or your kid. Anyhoo there was this giant crack in the door that I’m sure he had no clue about. I watched like 8 movies through that crack. Har-de-har-har. Fight Club being one of them. That’s when I first heard Where is my mind. I was I think 6 years old back then hahaha

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        1. Are you kidding? My brother used to do the same thing…that little goober used to either hide under the piano bench or watch through a crack in the hallway door. Sometimes he regretted it, and realised my parents didn’t want him to watch some things for good reason! ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Embroidered retreat feels cozy and colorful and smells like fresh thread. Loved the haiku!

    As for the ‘thank you’ issue, I understand what drove you to write about it. I too have read too such simplified, confused pieces. Answering ‘thank you’ doesn’t ‘disempower’ you. It’s other things that do that.

    My worst is ‘the universe has plans for you’ way of thinking. Do these people know what the universe is?

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    1. Thank you! I love your comment. Smells like fresh thread. It’s amazing what music does for memory.

      The universe comments like that are interesting. I think there are a lot of phrases these days that are thrown around rather thoughtlessly. I personally think that one sounds ominous ha! ๐Ÿ˜ณMy knee jerk reaction is, Gawd, I hope not. ๐Ÿค“ Because, like you said, what does that mean? What is it? What/whose is the consciousness they’re implying? Where is it coming from? What is their goal? I need specifics ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Exactly! And here are two more phrases I dislike: Everything happens for a reason (meaning we’re taught something and mature through this ‘everything’)


        You can become everything you want. The world is at your fingertips blah blah… the universe… blah blah…

        I’m sure that’s exactly how the war victims in Syria or the dehydrated children in Africa feel. Oh, no, wait: the universe decided there’s a reason for these people to suffer in order to be taught something and become more mature – and finally become whatever they want and every dream will come true, because the world is at their fingertips.

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        1. How interesting! I feel the same.
          I’m a christian and I hear christians say this too. And I disagree. No, I don’t believe everything happens for a reason. This world is broken, filled with selfishness and evil. A lot of times unfortunate and/or evil shit happens. No, please, please don’t tell me that my loved one getting mangled in a car accident happened for a reason.
          I do absolutely believe God can bring good out of bad, I’ve seen it many times, but to say there was a reason for that, or part of a “plan”, that is very shaky, (not to mention, insensitive) ground, imho. My husband is a pastor, and we both advise our church members the same with this… one of the worst things you can say to someone after a tragedy, no matter how well intentioned.

          Oh my gosh, I agree with you so strongly on this other point too.

          One of the worst things I heard a couple of years ago was from a friend who works in a health food shop… one of her customers was discussing the abhorrent case of a 3 year old girl in India who was raped, and she said, I kid you not, that “obviously” this was some kind of lesson the little girl sub consciously thought “the universe” needed to teach her!!! O GOD!!! (I honestly almost cried when she told me.) You can imagine the reaction of my friend. She did not care if she lost her business. And I’m thinking, what kind of monster would think that?? I mean, if we want to talk extremism!! My poor friend was in shock and kind of needed to debrief.

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          1. It’s great that you advise people against saying this awful thing to others. ‘Insensitive’ is the right word for it. I don’t know where all these theories come from, but they are so simplistic they make my head ache. What that customer said was cruel. I too would have kicked her out of my shop if I had one.

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