Yesterday I returned from a visit to my daughter. We celebrated her birthday and I babysat my grandson when her husband took her out for a meal. It was only for a few days but, while the journey there went smoothly and took only a couple of hours, the return took much longer than expected. I was faced with the sadness at leaving them, a rail strike in their part of the country and signal failure closer to home.
I waited on a chilly platform in the fens for the train on the last leg of the journey, watching late Saturday afternoon dog walkers, determined to get home before darkness fell, and aimlessly drifting birds that transformed into silhouettes before my eyes as I looked forward to the warmth of home.
feathered shadows melt
into ripples of twilight
sky drips moon and stars
Kim M. Russell, 25th November 2018
In this weekend’s new meditation our challenge is to create a haibun inspired by Matsuo Basho’s haibun ‘Oku No Hosomichi’ (The Small Road into the Deep North), taking our time focus on journeys we have made or would like to make.