Journey To Celebration – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting the Haibun with an invitation to write about Celebration.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Celebration

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“And so this is Christmas and what have you done?” John Lennon

Journey To Celebration

La Nina grips our western coast, it's hotter than hell, 45c (113f) up in the city, hot enough to boil my blood. Surely everyone will come to us on the southern coast, no trekking for us this year we're staying bunkered in the coolness.

Soon the days are passing fast and it seems that all are on their way and the journey to celebration has begun. Much sweeping, cooking, decorating, though no bulwark against the christmastide that annually washes over us. And as time inevitably shortens to its point, we hear the news that they're only an hour away. All that must be done is done though imperfectly arranged.

Our apprehensive energy is released at every hug and hello, the food is such a synchromesh of cheer, it garners every word and smile. We ride the lows of politics and the controversies of the family lines while lifting high on living well, of dreams, of visions, of aspirations, our thoughts are projected well.

All too soon we've chewed the fat, and over hours and days all must depart, a small grief occupies our hearts. It seemed a long road to this moment, now it has come and passed, all are sated and spent. The storm we talked up has settled now, and in the quiet of the house we rest in our happy glow.

sun heats the earth
summer celebrations run
a small grief fills hearts

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Filed under Haibun, Haiku, life, love, poem, prose, quote, relationship

48 responses to “Journey To Celebration – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Charis Counselling

    Oh that is so beautiful a wonderful reflection and account of our wonderful Christmas


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  2. Thanks for sharing this very though-provoking poem, Paul! I apologize for the delay, and wish you a blessed and prosperious New Year! xx Michael

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  3. Love your take on words So true Paul!

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  4. Wow, Paul. I can practically imagine myself in the scene that you’ve set… it’s so real and relatable!


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  5. I particuarly like the closing haiku.

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  6. Beautifully expressed–the anticipation, the joy, and then
    “a small grief fills hearts”

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  7. Such a build up—but there is no deflation, just a quiet glow. And there is no happiness without grief.

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  8. and in the quiet of the house we rest in our happy glow.
    This really is a great summary to your fine Haibun, Paul!

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  9. I love the storm analogy here: the way all those guests breeze in then leave the house feeling empty. It must have been nice to have them!

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  10. So well written, I thought I was there with you….

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  11. Such beautiful and heartfelt reflections, Paul. I truly love this saving grace:
    “lifting high on living well, of dreams, of visions, of aspirations, our thoughts are projected well.” You brought this song to mind:

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  12. I love the intensity in which it grows to the point of almost burning… and afterward that pang of sorrow that it has ended..very well written

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  13. High winds here although sunny -supposed to be-10F and snow tomorrow- wanna trade😀

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  14. This resonates like an emotional bell-weather.

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  15. Carol Congalton

    You have described my Christmas! And yes, even to the ‘small grief filling hearts’ when family depart after a joyous time together. Well written Paul!

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  16. Ain

    …And your haibun glows…

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