New Year’s, or: Novy God

A haibun

My wife, having grown up in Russia, is very attached to celebrating Novy God (the Gregorian New Year). Every year, she prepares several Russian-style salads, purchases gifts for our daughter, and hangs lights around the apartment. I’m not opposed to any of this, but I don’t identify with it.

Still, the food is very good, and seeing our daughter excited about receiving her New Year gifts from “Grandfather Frost” is always a pleasure for me. This year, she received a Lego set of a waterpark, which she very happily assembled that same day.

happy sparkling eyes
reflect warm enthusiasm
Grandfather Frost lives

d’Verse poetry prompt

This haibun was written for d’Verse Haibun Monday.

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)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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