jornales

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

the only star (haibun for Locating the Senses in Language and Place)

As if it is unusual, the way evening falls on our lives in the winter. The cold bars us in, our thoughts seemingly unto each own. Winter, I once said, drawing a long sigh, asks of us the wearying task of digging into our burrows alone and not together, like squirrels and hares and bears. As if I hardly change. As if the seasons pass me by and like a portrait on stone—my pose in reverie engraved the way I must look right now. No sound except Kat-kat sleeping, purring dreams.

I murmur. I know. Soon, the cold winds will curl up and roll into the hearts of seas. Heat will seep off iced waters and the dark earth. I know a clump of snowdrops by the gate will spawn again, shy as virgins who would never look up to their lovers’ eyes. In a while, crocuses will sprout buds like pursed lips, waiting for a kiss. Not filigreed lawns but mantled front gardens of Queen Anne’s lace will soon spark.

This morning, I glimpsed pregnant knuckles of hydrangea twigs, though the cherry trees remain dead in the cold sun. I know their blossoms, as well the white plums and magnolias, will huddle over skies in a night. But for now, deep in the quietness of snow

this longing

at moonrise

the only star

by Alegria Imperial posted for

Locating the Senses in Language and Place Edition #14,  Stella Pierides, editor

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March 6, 2012 - Posted by | haibun, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I like the quiet of this piece. Nice coming here tonight.

    Comment by Michelle Elvy | March 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you, Michelle! Do come by as often as you like.

      Comment by alee9 | March 25, 2012 | Reply

  2. For some reason, I was able to “like” this twice. 🙂 That’s good because I love it, especially the closing haiku. It sparkles brighter than any unseen star.

    Comment by Yousei Hime | May 7, 2012 | Reply

    • So happy you love it, Yousei! It’s a haibun that’s dearly especial to me, too! Thanks so much.

      Comment by alee9 | May 7, 2012 | Reply


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