Winter, or: Spring

A haibun

Next week, our 7-year-old daughter will have her first birthday party.

We have, of course, celebrated her birthday at home every year, and she always gets more gifts from her parents and grandparents than she knows what to do with. However, this will be the first time that she’ll ever have had a birthday party to which she’s invited any friends.

There are several reasons for this, but the greatest reason for her never having had a birthday party with her friends is the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down our societies to various extents for the past two years. It’s been a “winter of gatherings”, which negatively impacted countless family and community events all around the world: weddings, funerals, holidays, birthdays…

Last year and the year before, when our daughter turned 6- and 5-years-old respectively, she would have been old enough to enjoy a birthday celebration with her little friends… So, we’re very, very thankful that she won’t be denied the joyous memories of this 7th birthday celebration.

February frost
teases of not-yet-springtime
we celebrate life

d’Verse ‘Haibun Monday’

Theme: ‘Winter’

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to write haibuns with the theme of ‘winter’.


New to Haibun? Write a paragraph or more of prose, or prose poetry, then follow it with a haiku—one that includes a season word, and juxtaposes two disparate images that, when paired, give us that “aha!” experience.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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88 thoughts on “Winter, or: Spring”

  1. Birthday parties are so much fun for the kids and exhausting for the parents! Our rule was big celebrations only on odd numbered birthdays – that way we only had one party a year! That was to maintain our sanity! Happy Birthday to your daughter…

  2. Nice: “teases of not-yet-Spring”

    BTW: my poem was about a telescope looking back in time at the origin of the universe. It was not an epistemological pondering. ;-0

  3. Happiest birthday to your daughter, David! May she have a fun time with all her friends! ❤️
    How Covid has changed everything! What should have been a given, now becomes a cause to celebrate.

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