When we first moved up to the North Norfolk coast, when Ellen was eleven going on twelve, we were amazed not only by the wide Norfolk landscapes and gorgeous sunsets, but also by the immense night skies. We had never seen so many stars or been able to identify constellations – in London there was too much light pollution. On the first night, when we had unpacked most of the boxes and had something to eat, we walked to the end of our road and up the cart gap, which also served as a ramp for boats. The view out to sea was incredible, with moonlight on the waves, as well as lights from fishing boats and distant oil and gas rigs. We lay down on the sandy ramp, gazed up at the night sky and got our very first glimpse of the Northern Lights.
festooned with starlight
aurora bathes the North Sea
with ghostly shimmer
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday – Twinkle, twinkle: Toni has asked us to write a one-paragraph haibun ending with a nature-based haiku, keeping in mind that haiku are always about nature and haibun are always non-fiction.