Solsticity – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting the Haibun with an invitation to write about the Solstice – down here being the winter solstice.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Solstice

Photo: another typical south-west winter’s dawning over the Blackwood river.

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Anton Chekhov


The illusion of time is etched as chronicles under twelve beautiful pictures, and there is a still-point right in a determined middle. I looked at this point today, of all days, knowing that this is the turning of perpetual rhythm. This is life, a moving in and a moving out, a drawing close and a moving away, a finely reciprocated ritual mirrored exactly as if dancing inward and outward movements. As I reflected on this it appeared in my mind as upward and downward movement, as if ascending and descending stairs, a close representation of Escher's fine works.

I saw the beauty of this rhythm, a meeting of joy and grief, laughter and tears, all things continually ascending and descending in this perpetual dance. And it all hinges on the short middle for a brief moment, passing quickly from descent to expansion once again. I named this rhythm solsticity, an uplift, a rejoicing as life bursts forth from the fount of nature, mirrored in the very heart of my soul, and seen in the fire of my eyes.

the quiet darkness
nothing moves in this middle
a solstice blossoms

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Filed under awareness, Haibun, Haiku, life, nature, quote

25 responses to “Solsticity – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The halcyon days if the solstice are captured by your words and photo.

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  2. The last line:
    ‘I named………….. from the fount of Nature mirrored in the very heart of my soul and seen in the fire of my eyes’ is having no boundaries for Refreshing the Mind!

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  3. Your reflection resonates within me. You write what you think and feel quite beautifully. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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  4. Your writing is bursting with solsticity here!

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  5. I haven’t ever perceived the solstice in this way before, and I thank you for it!

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  6. nothing moves in the middle. As a middle child, I can relate to this having experienced many times the sandwiching of old and new. Great haibun.

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  7. An interesting perspective… got me thinking, Paul… life’s brief moment. 🙂

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  8. The solstice blossoms even in your prose.

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  9. This is a thoughtful, mull-it-over poem. “life’s brief moment’.

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  10. lync56

    Amazing poem


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