Instructions from host, Michelle Beauchamp:
“Today, I’d like you to incorporate the theme of “shelter” into your haibun. If you are new to the form, a haibun is made up of no more than three tight paragraphs that are non-fiction/autobiographical and usually written in present tense. The prose is followed by a haiku that makes reference to a season with an image of nature. Often the haiku adds another depth or layer to the prose.”
Growing up, I lived in a house envied for its custom-designed beauty (mere veneer of “home”). Dysfunction resided within, peopled by anger, secrets, deceits, a domineering and comfortless spirit of shaming humiliation. This nurtured paralyzing fear and insecurity, a sense of abandonment, life-long difficulties. I never felt sheltered—it was perilous to speak, my cares were dismissed. I had no hope, heart homeless.
Memory-scars remain tender (‘forgiveness is a process’). Thus, I’m daily grateful for my Heavenly Father’s embrace, the Good Shepherd’s gentle voice, Holy Spirit. His love endures forever, new mercies every morning.
I’m sustained in ‘the shelter of His wings’.✝
First hearts ne’er sheltered
Their ice encased soul till it
Found true Haven’s warmth
©Leyde/Leslie Rene, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.
“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent…” Psalm 27:5, English Standard Version
“I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” Psalm 61:4, New King James Version
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4, New Living Translation
“For You have been a stronghold for the helpless… A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4, Amplified Bible