nee Gruenwald

Adopted tradition,
forest bathing.
Greening in serenity
she lives her name.

Dedicated to my dear friend Kenji Kojima and written for Day 14 at NaPoWriMo where we are prompted to write a poem that delves into the meaning of either our first or last name. In German, my maiden name Gruenwald means green forest.

Japanese culture includes the practice of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku (shrinrin means forest and yoku means bath). I have always felt at peace walking in the midst of trees.

Photo taken during our time in Ireland.

2 thoughts on “nee Gruenwald

  1. Ron. April 14, 2021 / 4:00 pm

    Love this simplicity, Lillian! And you KNOW I’m going to use “shinrin-yoku” in something, sometime soon. Thank you Ms (nee) Gruenwald.


  2. Kenji Kojima April 15, 2021 / 11:46 am

    Lillian, I’m very honored and privileged. I am also so impressed with your deep knowledge of Japanese culture, custom, words, and of course your mastery in haiku and haibun.


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