for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

blue notes (haibun)



Another grey day has fallen as a pall on the new calendar as if what makes a difference really doesn’t. Only the ticking clock and the distant squawking of a crow or better yet, complaint, as well as the deep sigh of engines passing by tell the trudge goes on. I look on the cypress with a creeping sense of sorrow. The deep cold has darkened its twigs.  Gifts piled beside it now holiday debris. A black garbage bag rests folded in the bin. I gather the cards. The wishes slide off my fingers. A bag of pebbles waits to be planted on the vase. Like wishes that might take root, I would have to water them each day. But for now

blue notes waver under the lamp



January 10, 2012 - Posted by | haibun, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Love this, Alee. Esp. the one-liner at the end.

    Isn’t it wonderful that both of us, at different ends of the world, have been writing about blueness at about the same time!

    Comment by sanjuktaa | January 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for loving this, Sanjukta! Yes, I do think we’re linked!

      Comment by Alegria Imperial | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. Love this, too, hermana!

    sliding off her fingers
    line by line

    Comment by Margaret Dornaus | January 13, 2012 | Reply

    • Mi hermana, your words never fail to be such precious notes!

      In my writing these days, I shift from haiku to prose like this one and sometimes to my free verse. Moments often come when I can’t figure out where I must concentrate–I also have a novella waiting to be put to form and a novel that seems to have frozen in chapter 3! But haiku has been such a challenge I can’t seem to let it go…because I can’t seem to really make it work most of the time. I do back off most times, and then I creep back in and ride the challenge again.

      I hope you’re doing well, mi hermana. Thanks again for your lovely comment!

      Comment by alee9 | January 15, 2012 | Reply

  3. […] – Alegria Imperial, jornales […]

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