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THE CHOICE -edited

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THE CHOICE -edited


Winter consumes. The sun rushes its setting and yet, come morning, it barely rises above the ravaged landscape. I see a world in stasis, endlessly waiting for change. Yesterday, a hundred crows ate the horizon and left its cadaver for the two-legged field mice who scurried down salted sidewalks, quivering. This season is relentless. First, it appears distant, unwanted, but safe and vaguely familiar. Then, it builds trust with that first gentle snow fall, that diamond crust that seems to calm our frantic pace. Eventually, it pierces the heart and enters the mind. Spring seems so far away, so ... impenetrable, so improbable.  


sirens’ wails
stowaway on the wind –
a sign twists


Things change, we change. Many have more than I, but countless others have less. I’d been thinking of the homeless, the outreach programs, when I hear the firetrucks. From my window, I watch them approach. I discover that fire is destroying a lowrise just down the street. A desperate mother has tossed her children from a third floor window. One is seriously injured, may not survive. I hear the news, blink back tears and then go to my daughter’s room. She is so small on the double bed. I pull a blanket over her, hover, unwilling to leave. Tomorrow, we’ll make snow angels, brush snow off her favorite tree, get pink cheeked. A crocus has bloomed, a recognition of blessings. Perhaps, spring is not just a season after all. Maybe, spring is a choice, as well. 





*Prayers sent out to the 19 month old girl who is listed in critical condition, to her parents and to all those who have lost their homes and  belongings. 
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/876404--waterloo-apartment-fire-sends-4-to-hospital

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  1. Date: 2/1/2013 3:37:00 PM
    cyndi, I sure hope Debs found this haiku agreeable to her because for me, it ROCKS. Like the ones you showed us on that other page I just commented to. You can write anything , Cyndi, This is so deep and sensitive. One of the best for the contest that I have seen.

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 3:52:00 PM
    Just has with haiku haibun is being done differently in different places but for me here YES as long as you wish and as many haiku as you wish [1 subject in the haiku & 1 verb please ;)] book club! yes..I should too! Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 6:54:00 PM
    Whew!...and ANOTHER thing!...Whew! Stunning stuff Cyndi!...the first verse reminds me a bit of the great Wallace Stevens (ever heard of him?) who wrote one about the bleakness of winter, crows, frozen stalks and other things...and the second verse?...I'm speechless...my earnest prayers go out to this precious girl and her family - Tim

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 7:40:00 AM
    soupiemail Thanks so much for the entry! Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 6:35:00 AM
    Cyndi I am sending you a soup mail xxx