Layers

Winter is my least favorite season, not because I don’t love white snow drifts and crystal mornings, or tracing intricate patterns on my window panes, or watching snowflakes gather and unify in silent submission, each one different, each one at peace.

No, it is adding layers to keep out the cold that weigh heavy on this thin frame that rob me of strength and energy, reminding me of full days and late nights and warm cups of hot cocoa and the sound of corn popping on the kitchen stove. I didn’t mind layers when burdens belonged to someone else.

I battle with mice as they ravage my food source, ripping into my hard-earned income, add another layer to my list of responsibility, and as I seek to rid them of entry, I know, they too are trying to survive the cold.

Even as I type out these words I shed a layer or two, reminded once again to whom I belong, and I am at peace. This too is another reason I keep writing.

Temperatures drop
And the night sky is blackened
Stars shine the brighter

Linking to dversepoets.com Monday haibun. One to three paragraphs of prose followed by a haiku. The subject is winter.

I am not far from New York. We were fortunate also not to get the deep snow.

I am in the middle of a mouse war and so far they are winning. I gave them some credence here but I have no mercy left.

I wrote this as a 6-sentence story (excluding the haiku), a form that is teaching me to be succinct, avoid tangents and superfluous words.

My thanks to Frank Hubeny for introducing me to this form of writing.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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7 Responses to Layers

  1. I like the contrast within your haiku.

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  2. Layers ~ life’s a bit like that! Those mice can be sneaky critters! 😀

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  3. Ain says:

    Beautiful descripions, intimate haibun in the best of styles…I didn’t mind layers when burdens belonged to someone else…..what a stunning line…..mice….yes very difficult…sometimes leaving dried potato flakes used to make mashed potato with milk or water works.

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  4. I battle with mice as they ravage my food source, ripping into my hard-earned income, add another layer to my list of responsibility, and as I seek to rid them of entry, I know, they too are trying to survive the cold.

    A friend of mine who cared a lot about animals once had a mouse in her apartment, and instead of setting traps (she didn’t want to hurt the mouse), she put all of her food in glass jars and other such containers…


    David

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  5. I am in that very same process. Glass, cans,, etc. Mice carry disease, defecate as they eat and do not belong in my house. I love animals too but all are not invited to cohabitate. 😣🧡🧡

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  6. msjadeli says:

    ❤ Mary, you have written wonderful stream of consciousness here. Your haiku perfectly complements it. You're right when the sky is black, the stars shine so very bright. I like how you find your peace there amongst it all.

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  7. I can get used to the cold and the layers, but darkness is always heavy on me.

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