I remember, as a child, going to Sunday school and receiving a cross made from a palm leaf on Palm Sunday. On Easter Sunday, I would go to church with my grandmother, where I would receive an Easter message in the shape of a cross, usually with a picture of a lamb or spring flowers, and return home to a brightly packaged Easter egg. These days, however, I am content with watching the activity in the garden and relishing the longer days. Although it has been grey and drizzly this Easter, there is a sense of hope in the buds on the willow tree and glossy new leaves on the honeysuckle.

a froth of blossom
tangled in hawthorn bristles
speckled eggs in nests

Kim M. Russell, 2018

Image result for artwork and paintings flowering hawthorn with bird's nest
William Henry Hunt, ‘Hawthorn Blossoms and Bird’s Nest’, 1790-1864 – image found on www.vam.ac.uk

My response to Carpe Diem #1401 Easter

It’s Easter and today is the first regular episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai in April 2018, when we are focusing on haibun.

Chèvrefeuille reminds us that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as new life and spring, when nature awakens from hibernation and light returns after a dark period. He says that Easter is a joyful theme to inspire a haibun with a maximum of 250 words (including the poetry).

16 thoughts on “Easter

  1. What a nice haibun you have written Kim. I like the memories you write about. And trhough those memories I sense that you like Easter … Nature comes alive again and you have fused the religious and natural meaning of Easter in such a great way. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Xenia! I’m trying to finish knitting a jumper, for myself this time, and I’ve run out of wool for the second sleeve. I might not get to wear it until next autumn/winter at this rate! I hope you have all had a relaxing long weekend. 😊🌷🌷🌷

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      1. Oh dear, I hope you can find more of the same wool! We had a lovely long weekend here and it was quiet despite full caravan parks and holiday cottages. The icy winds kept the beaches fairly empty! 😉💨💖 xxx

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