jornales

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

being there/refracted twilight (my haibun at LYNX)

being there

…it is the rhythm that’s constant it seems and not the stillness—the way the wind pulls and withdraws and the way the leaves sway and retract or how the clouds gather into masses and then dissipate into air or is it merely the eye that misses the jagged movements and edges and catches merely that moment when the rhythm shows and reassures us as in the constancy of flowers even as petals begin to brown and curl in the edges and fall, stripping the branches of their name because all we recall is their being there as in moments we have flowed into still flow into like on our early morning walks when

shifting tides–

the river unloading burdens

for us to decode

refracted twilight

…first time ever that twilight struck me as that almost sacred time when the day tears away to let night slip in, how the bleeding sunset fades into lemon yellow to shell white so much so that facing west where the light seems to turn down as in a timer heartbeat by heartbeat, the houses, trees and flowers even weeds become solid walls of darkness—no punctured points on twigs, no dancing spaces between leaves—but haven’t I watched this on my daily walks long ago back in Harbor Hill but then, the roosting sparrows and the first star on tips of pines pulled my steps back to ruminate and settling in, twilight would be for us that time when

first star—

we turn down the darkness

on our own sky

(excerpts from a diary)

LYNX XXVII:I February 2012

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February 7, 2012 - Posted by | diary/memoir, excerpt, haibun, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Excellent!

    Comment by sanjuktaa | February 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Oh, thank you for this generous vote, Sanjukta! Yes, it’s my first published haibun in a format I wasn’t sure would be accepted because it’s in a diary excerpt. But Werner Reichold did love it! Thanks again for your unfailing encouragement.

      Comment by alee9 | February 10, 2012 | Reply

  2. Beautiful, hermana! I especially love the second one!

    Comment by Margaret Dornaus | February 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Mil gracias, mi hermana! I’m trying to get serious about haibun and tanka, too but I’m still so drowning in haiku. Thanks as always for your lovely support and encouragement. Much love…

      Comment by alee9 | February 13, 2012 | Reply


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