Haibun Monday 1/31/22 Harbingers of Hope

For those new to haibun, the form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

In winter, moments before Spring’s advent, I listen. Male Northern Cardinals are poised to start singing their ‘welcome song’. They are the first creatures who set their sights on longer, and warmer, days in New England. Do they speak for us or to each other?
My ears have an instinct born from years of paying attention to the ‘little things’. It’s time. And when I’m granted witness, I’ll pause lifting my smiling face toward the sun, presently connected to the natural world’s harbingers of hope.

Birds aren’t vain nor proud.
Voices raised toward heaven,
Life professing joy.


33 thoughts on “Haibun Monday 1/31/22 Harbingers of Hope

  1. Masa 01/31/2022 / 5:34 pm

    Elegant and made me think back fondly on my grandmother’s bird feeder. I appreciate the gentle hope buried in the piece, and the expectations of warmth somewhere in the distance.

  2. Frank J. Tassone 01/31/2022 / 7:09 pm

    A reminder that Spring follows winter, often sooner than we expect. Nicely done!

  3. Rob Kistner 01/31/2022 / 7:30 pm

    This is quite beautiful! 🙂

  4. Carol Congalton 01/31/2022 / 8:29 pm

    ‘My ears have an instinct born from years of paying attention to the ‘little things’. It’s time. And when I’m granted witness, I’ll pause lifting my smiling face toward the sun, presently connected to the natural world’s harbingers of hope.’ – me too! What a lovely write!

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/01/2022 / 7:15 am

      All birds offer us a special feeling of hope, IMO.
      Much appreciated!

  5. Truedessa 01/31/2022 / 10:36 pm

    This was delightful and I adore cardinals and their songs. I have a few that live near me.

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/01/2022 / 7:13 am

      Listen closely for their Spring Song. Coming soon. Thanks!

  6. Sadje 01/31/2022 / 10:49 pm

    What a beautiful post Susan

  7. Ain 01/31/2022 / 11:14 pm

    In what still feels like the depths of winter, your haibun comes like the first of spring…very nicely done…

  8. rothpoetry 01/31/2022 / 11:16 pm

    I love your thoughts here! Birds are wonderful. I like that they just sing without thought of who might be watching!

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/01/2022 / 7:11 am

      It’s a comfort to watch and listen to them for that very reason. 😊 Thanks.

  9. ben Alexander 02/01/2022 / 8:09 am

    I was going to write that this is “so uplifting”, Susan, and then I realized that this would be a pun, but I’m still sticking with it!


    David

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/01/2022 / 8:11 am

      Unintended then intended always works. 😊
      Thank you David. ❤

  10. Quaranjavirus 02/01/2022 / 12:56 pm

    “Birds aren’t vain nor proud.
    Voices raised toward heaven,
    Life professing joy.”

    Yes! Yes!!

  11. msjadeli 02/01/2022 / 1:37 pm

    Cardinals are a welcome sight and sound. You’re so right, they aren’t vain, they just go about their business.

  12. writingwhatnots 02/02/2022 / 12:04 pm

    What a wonderful introduction to spring!

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