This near-winter time of year when the nights draw in: I never was a big fan. In fact, typically sadness, fear and age-old anxiety would always hit around this time. I had a taste of it in October, when many days were overcast and cloudy, but oh, what a cold and crystal clear November we’ve been treated to this year.
I have been drawing strength from every beam of sunshine, from sun-up to sundown. Make sure I do my sunlight salutations (though never at the right time): Dearest sun, my old friend, I salute you.
It was after sundown just the other night, however, that I felt a presence almost tapping at my bedroom window. And when I peeked through the cracks in the blinds I saw a twinkling: as if in the eyes of myriad old friends. As if to say: there are more suns in the sky than good-old familiar Helios.
As sunlight leaves us
celestial friends blink signals
Written for dVerse Haibun Monday, where Kim is hosting and has asked us to take inspiration from Dylan Thomas and write a haibun ‘about a time when you last watched stars, a storm, the sea, an animal, or something else in nature that left you with a sense of wonder or awe.’
I’m always filled with wonder when I take in the beauty of nature all around me, but I often neglect to appreciate the beauty of the night sky.
Like you, I am no fan of winter, yet like you too, there is beauty to be found at any time of year. And yes, the luminaries of the night sky are certainly wondrous this time of year on a clear night. Well done.
I would love real winter with snow … but this winter with only darkness feels awful… I would like to see a bit of stars… but I think we have too much light pollusion.
I walk out late every evening to look at the stars. It’s a sight I never tire of. It’s cold, yes, but at night it’s more bearable than in the day when it’s supposed to be warm!
very nice to read this as the day falls infront of me
This was magical–a lovely reminder. Thank you! I seldom go out in the night–especially now, since we don’t go out anywhere. I’m also not a fan of winter darkness, but the stars–and the moon–are special.
I love the celestial connections in your exquisite piece Ingrid… enjoy this special song, the lyrics are superb
Celestial friends, luv this
Thank you Gillena, I’m having trouble commenting on your blog again, but I enjoyed your wedding scene and your description of the moon’s vanity!
As much as I love the winter, I wish it could be a brighter season. Sadness is associated with it but it’s truly something when you can look at the nature around you, no matter the time or the season, and appreciate its existence. Beautiful penning. 🙂
Wonderful way of putting it, winter semaphore. Beautiful haibun and nice to think of you doing a daily sunlight salutation.
Cold winter nights tend to send us indoors where it’s warm and cosy, rather than walking out in the dark. It’s safer to stargaze from indoors. I love the thought of stars tapping at your bedroom window, Ingrid – it reminds me of Oliver Jeffers’ book, How to Catch a Star, one I love to read to Lucas – and the winter semaphore is brilliant!
I love winter darkness! There is something distinctly soothing about the way the night engulfs during this period 🙂
Even as a child, I hated Winter, in this land of a thousand hills covered in ice. I was never a fan of “winter sports”. I once wrote a poem about strangling snowflakes.
So glad the sun has brightened your November! And I appreciate your description of the stars being a myriad of old friends … they are indeed
I like the winter semaphore, I am a fan of walking out in the dark but unfortunately cannot this year because of the pandemic thank you ingrid for this article
You’re welcome 😊
We often fail to take the time to appreciate the wonders that are there for us every single day! Great haibun.
So true! Thank you 🙏
A wonderful haibun, Ingrid, finishing up with an outstanding haiku, with a totally mind-blowing last line!
Thank you Ron, I’m pleased you enjoyed it 😊
A beautiful tribute to our celestial friends, Ingrid! They need our appreciation too. 💙
They certainly do 🌟
Ingrid, I enjoyed your post. I am glad you are able to get some Sun. Stay well! <3
Thank you Cheryl, you too ❤️
I love the feeling of reaching for something more. The stars remind us of just how much more there is out there! Well done.
November can be the dreariest. Thank goodness for stars to twinkle. Wonderfully done, Ingrid.
Thank you Dale 😊
Pleasure is mine!
This is a lovely meditation. (K)
Thank you Kerfe
from sun-up to sundown.
Make sure I do my sunlight salutations
The Sun has been always a friendly companion and deserving, Rightly Ingrid!
Such lovely thoughts in your poem and salute to the night as you find light in the twinkeling stars. It’s lovely you are finding more light internally as well as you do your sun salutations!
Yes, both are so important 🧘♀️🙏🌞🌟
This is a lovely haibun …. it is magic when we are ‘visited’ in one way or another by spirits. Thanks so much for reading my haibun. Cheers.
You’re welcome it was my pleasure 😊
This is beautiful! I need to start doing my own sun salutations! Excellent point. 🙂
Me too ingrid, take more time with the sun, than the night sky.
So well done, Ingrid. I love the winter semafore!
Thanks! I don’t know if it’s technically correct but I liked the sound of it 😅
I will make sure I do the same tonight. Love to look at stars in winter.
It’s such a beautiful thing to see!
You remind me of how beautiful starlight is. I rarely see many stars here – there is too much brightness in the sky from street lights. Your haibun makes me want to get away into the wilderness.