Haiku My Heart: May The Spiral Be Broader

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Forever Oneness
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Who Sings to Us
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In Silence
Who Teaches Us Through Each Other.
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Guide My Steps With Strength and Wisdom
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May I See the Lessons as I Walk
Honor the Purpose of All Things
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Help Me Touch With Respect
Always Speak from Behind My Eyes
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Let Me Observe, Not Judge
May I Cause No Harm
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And Beauty After My Visit
When I Return to Forever,
~May the Circle Be Closed~
Walter and childrenValter and friends in Tanzania © Nicolino Sapio
And the Spiral Be Broader
~Bee Lake~
an aboriginal poet
Tanzanian Haiku
Beauty and Raw Truth
a world of vibrant colors
exploding in fire.
~Haiku taken from Gabi Greve 2009 with some changes thanks to Noelle And Deb Taylor (thanks Deb).
Once there was a man called Edward S. Tingatinga. He was born in the Namochelia village in Tunduru district in the South Tanzania.  During the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with Tanzania.
Today, "Tingatinga" is the Tanzanian term for this form of art, known most intimately in Tanzania, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland etc.
The Photographer: Valter Scappini
Valter Scappini (aka Walter) hails from Rome, Italy and has traveled to Arusha, Tanzania with a fellow photographer friend, Nicolino Sapio, on a picture shooting pilgrimage to benefit Compassion.com.
In The Photographer’s Own Words ~
The children you see in these pictures look good because
they are helped by the support program of Compassion.com. This is the story and, believe me, it has been incredible to me to see how easy it is to give a child a respectable life with a small contribution: I spend 26 Euros per month ~$38 USD ~ (less than 1E per day, in effect the cost of an espresso). This money is enough to take a child (if the parents agree) and bring a young person into the sponsorship program. The program offers him or her a basic education, (not only school or training for work, but also health care and those things taken for granted in our culture but still so significant for them) , clothes and vaccinations.   So Valter, not exactly a religious guy, often disenchanted by people, experienced how these children could really have a chance, and hope for the future.

Compassion.com’s program  offered no generic words, and no beautiful images like those advertisements we see on the TV. No, It was a small school with poor material, but a school.  There were uniforms for the students. Many times the  uniforms were ripped but they had them. So what we have seen is not real, harsh poverty, but what a simple, basic, modest support (1 Euro a day in my case) can do. And this is something gorgeous. I do not think I will ever meet any of those children that I support, but I know that maybe they will have a decent life in their country, and this will improve things for the entire country.  You know, it is always a matter of a critical mass. If you reach the critical mass, all things start moving by themselves in that direction. The path is incredibly far yet, but like a philosopher said: "each long path starts with a small step".
~Valter Scappini
You Can Make The Spiral Broader ~
If you would like to be a part of what Valter and Nicolino are doing, you too can sponsor a child for only $38 US dollars a month. Compassion.com offers programs like this for children in 26 countries where poverty and lack of resources make life more than challenging and often hopeless for young minds and bodies struggling to survive. Clicking on these links listed here, or the Picture link below will lead you to the Compassion.com website where you can sponsor a child and receive regular updates and letters on that child’s welfare, or make a one time donation. Either way, “the spiral will be broader.”
If you decide to Sponsor a child or give a donation, please add to Valter and Nicolino’s blessings by returning to this blog and letting us know either by response or email to me personally that you sponsored a child or gave to this worthy program. Thank you so much!
~Blessings and Peace,
Noelle Renee

Linked to Haiku My Heart. Please Visit Rebecca’s blog at recuerda mi corazon for more wonderful posts.


  1. Wow. I have no words but that: wow.

  2. nice blog... have a view of my blog when free.. http://www.lonelyreload.com  (A Growing Teenager Diary) .. do leave me some comment / guide if can.. if interested can follow my blog...

  3. this is such a tender and yes, compassionate post... we have sponsored children through compassion for many years, and have not been disappointed. they also have a child survival fund which has helped young mothers and babies tremendously. one young child was saved from bronchial pneumonia when the compassion program helped his family pay for a hospital stay that included oxygen, a treatment they could never have afforded on their own. they try to help through education, job training, and always, Love. one of our compassion children in brazil, with whom we corresponded for many years from the time she was about six, is now educated, grown, and happily married...

    these children are so beautiful. thank you for sharing the beauty and hope in their eyes...

  4. Thank you, dear Leslie for sharing your own story and experience with Compassion.com. It is so wonderful to hear of your connection with this group and these children and to know that the sponsorship program makes such a difference in the lives of so many.

  5. I'm a lucky man. I'm a lucky man because trought Walter eyes  I know what can only be seen through the soul eyes .I am a lucky man because I know Walter and I shook his hand.
    A work so delicate and intimate at same time that strike our consciousness of educators and parents.Paolo De Maio

  6. And I am a lucky woman because I have the good fortune to know Walter through his pictures and the unbelievable pleasure of meeting his dear friends through my blog. The spiral does become broader as the world becomes a much friendlier place of belonging for all. Thank you, Paulo.

  7. Noelle you have covered so many topics and put it across wonderfully through words and the exquisite pictures. I liked what Bee Lake~ the  aboriginal poet said ~
    May the Circle Be Closed 
    And the Spiral Be Broader 

    The Tingatinga style art and the accompanying Haiku is gorgeous and radiates with life and warmth!! I cannot take my eyes away from that picture... it is such a perfect blend!! 

    with best wishes 

  8. I have no words to describe my visit with you today. Perhaps wowowowowowowowowow is a place to start. 

  9. Your blog is a special place to visit. I look forward to come here on Friday to read your words and look at the wonderful photo's. You always manage to fill my head with new thoughts, questions, dillemma's and a lot of  inspiration. Thank you! Enjoy your weekend

  10. Those pictures and your post are so moving... there's always a message here. =)

  11. Each time I visit your blog I am so moved by the photos you choose to post and the words that go with them. Really stunning today. 

  12. Every post you share promotes humanity with our brothers and sister around the world.   As always, I'm blown away by your images and by your unyeilding compassion.

  13. These faces...Noelle, you never cease to amaze me with what you present here, you are making that spiral wider and wider my friend.

  14. Noelle, you find the most inspirational things to share with us.  Thank you.

  15. you have taken me so far beyond words....i offer you what you so generously offer to all...

  16. I love Tingatinga!  New to me--like a thrust of hot, passionate energy pulsing upward~the haiku and painting so intensely convey...  You are a beacon of hope for the world's suffering, Noelle--I love your heart.

  17. and exploding in raw truth and beauty

  18. Dear Deb,
    Thanks to your lovely comment, I made a change to the haiku once again. You can have a look. I credited you as well. 

  19. totomai martinezJuly 31, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    i. was. speechless. much respect

  20. Thank you. I appreciate your stopping by!

  21. I wanted you to know I've linked this post on my postcards from paradise post today, because I think that acting with intent to touch another person's life with love is how we create paradise on earth.

  22. Thank you, Meri. I am so grateful to you. I saw that before I saw your comment here.
    Much love to you,

  23. once again - the place where life, through art quickens to transformative beauty. thank you, noelle


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