thoughts in the dark: haibun

I wake up at 6am in darkness. If I sleep in to 7, my room will still be cloaked in darkness….Clementines….Christmas…associations from childhood drift into my head…and then I remember: today is winter solstice. In days to come the sun will linger a few minutes longer each day.

gifts of the sun…

figs, dates, nuts

all from afar away…

gold in the toe:

a Christmas stocking

mandarin orange


©️2018 Ontheland

15 thoughts on “thoughts in the dark: haibun

  1. So often older holiday traditions include such treats as fruits and nuts. Things that were harder to get perhaps when it was colder, or had to be gotten from the post. This reminds me a bit of the old west. Though that period of time wasn’t really all that long 🙂

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    1. When I grew up there were always figs and a tangerine in our stockings. The nutcrackers were out and we enjoyed cracking nuts. These traditions are not as prevalent now but this is still the time of year when whole walnuts and figs are featured in the grocery store. Perhaps traditions vary with cultural background as well as era. My ancestors are English and Scottish and I live in Canada.

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