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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Haiku about Turning the Other Cheek

cherry petals
on my cheek
I turn the other

Sakura Award,  2013 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

Note: Turning the Other Cheek originates from the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament. In Chapter 5of the Gospel of Matthew, an alternative for "an eye for an eye" is given by Jesus:

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.