The new year always makes me melancholy. The idea of having to start all over again is depressing, having been through it so many times in my life. I try to ignore it.
On New Year’s Eve, I shut the curtains on fireworks and revelry, read a book and listen to music. The next day is just another day. I’m ready to get on with things just as before.
I look forward to the libraries and infant schools re-opening, places where I spend most of my week singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes, listening to children read, and gleaning hope from the youngsters who will take over from us in the next decade.
old leaves cling to trees
until the wind scatters them
early snowdrops bloom
Kim M. Russell, 6th January 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Beginning again
Björn is our host for the first haibun prompt of the new year and a new decade, welcoming us back from our brief hiatus. He reminds us that it is already almost a week since we started to write the year 2020, and the new year is still mostly a blank page with potential for greatness, as we have left last year in the trash.
He has given us an example of a haiku by Basho, which is about the new year and the need to clean the house to feel a beginning.
Björn would like us to write a haibun about any beginning, it could be the start of a journey, a new year’s resolution, the planting of seeds or simply the dawn of yet another day. As usual, we should limit the prose of the haibun to no more than a few paragraphs, and let the haiku align to nature and season.