2015 was to be my first full New Year as a free woman. I had left teaching the previous summer, although still working as an examiner, and embarked on a writing course with Penguin Random House, on which I hoped to complete my children’s novel, Joe and Nelly. But I had an itch that I wasn’t sure how to scratch.
On New Year’s Day, I found out what it was. I had been going through old books and some teaching materials I had developed, among which I found poems written with pupils, some in collaboration and some of my own. I then dug a bit further until I found notebooks from my youth, early poems I had pushed to the back of the drawer. After that, I discovered WordPress and the world of blogging. By the end of July 2015, I was ready to post my first haiku.
crescendos in the blossom
Kim M. Russell, 4th January 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Happy New Year
Happy New Year! Lillian is here to welcome us to 2021 with a haibun prompt. She asks whether and how we celebrated. As usual, I stayed in and watched some of the fireworks on the television, but I went to bed at my usual time – I no longer have the staying power to see the New Year in.
Lillian asks us to write about new beginnings that we have experienced in our lifetimes: new job, wedding, birth of a child or grandchild, a move, rejuvenatement, a new garden or the first blooms in a garden, tasting new food, or experiencing a new culture – in a classic haibun that includes a traditional haiku.