Last Sunday was the last day the 12 day of Christmas, the feast of the Epiphany in the Catholic church.
Since my church honors all faith our sermon was about EPIPHANIES. Truly a necessary subject for poets in particular to understand. Most of us HAVE epiphanies "ah HA" moments almost constantly and that is HOW and why we write. haiku is ALL about the epiphany! The grammatically unconnected line in a haiku is meant to SHOW the reader the poets epiphany with further sensory input thus drawing the reader into the poets moment, the beauty of God in nature..ahhhhhhhhhhhh...
There are many interesting traditions involved with this day, we have all experienced the gift giving. In some traditions no gifts are given until this day. The Wisemen [the Magi, or the Three Kings] brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. These men are symbols of all man's search for a savior and for me the search for the savior within myself.
Here is a fav Epiphany of mine by a fav poet of ours.
A Dream in the Mist by Carrie Richards
The mountain peaks in colored sugar coat
Of pinks and blues and lilac violet hues
The sky, just before sunrise, all windless and clear
The day is misty, bitter cold, and crystal sheen
But I am warmed by one small ray of golden morning light
From high upon a perch of snow top crest
A lone stag with graceful legs that fly
Carving out a quiet trail, like fleeting wind
The sound so soft, the hush of whispered steps
He halts, and looks at me with logic's eyes
And seems to smile in recognition,
His golden crown of antlers, gleam in morning sun
Just when I thought my crystal world would splinter
He tilts his head, and bids me to come
And like an eagle's wing, remote and sure
He darts away, just like a bird
Without a sound
Beauty of the wind....beauty of pure grace
I run after him, panting and breathless,
Through the glimmering, in search of answers
But, I cannot keep up, as he disappears without a trace
And still not wringing the answers from the slightest sound
Yet, I am left alone, and feel at peace
What is one of your favorite poetic Epiphanies??