I spend early mornings on my own, from any time between five thirty and six thirty until about nine thirty or even lunchtime, depending on what the day ahead holds. It is, for me, the best time to write.

With just the cats for company and a wonderful view of our garden, I hole up in my little study, surrounded by books and pictures, a cup of raspberry tea on the desk beside me, and spend a while reading emails, comments and posts from the previous day. Then I check to see what challenges and prompts there are to work with. These I like to tackle before I go on to develop, revise and edit poems, short stories and sometimes the novel on which I’m working.

In the afternoon, the mood dips and I crave company, someone to talk to and share things with. I wait for my husband to come home from work.

in the cherry tree
calling to its absent mate
a lonely pigeon

Kim M. Russell, 2018

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Cherry Blossoms & Pigeon by Ohara Koson, image found on Pinterest

My response to Carpe Diem #1413 Loneliness (Haibun in the classical way)

Chèvrefeuille says that we can choose to be alone but, mostly, loneliness is not something that we choose. Loneliness is our theme for today: what does it mean for us and do we choose loneliness sometimes, to find new inspiration and new energy? The challenge is to create a classical haibun with a maximum  of 300 words in including a haiku or tanka written in the classical way.

10 thoughts on “Loneliness

    1. Thank you, Kristjaan. Talking about busy days, I had one yesterday with more to come today and tomorrow, which will keep me offline until Sunday. I will try to catch up on Monday .
      For the next couple of months (until July) I’ll be working hard in my paid work as a GCSE moderator and examiner, which is why I haven’t participated in the latest retreat.

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