I Don’t Dance, I Sway

Septembers lived and lost now gather together in repertoire, a concert without music, a melody only heard by me. September always carries for me a particular sadness. I pack up my produce while i preserve the bounty. I pickle, can, and jar summer and hope to taste the sun when deep-freeze buries us deep in darkness, usually to discover later much goes unopened or unwanted.

Time never says goodbye

This September was a bit different. No bounty from my hand, except mint from my garden, and crushed between my fingers, will rise and waft, dance through the oncoming seasons to the lyrics I alone may hear. Such as it is, with no applause, I am content.

What I call denial, or betrayal, I am learning to call my survival.

God strums in perfect rhythm

Dversepoets.com Monday Haibun. Our host, Xenia Tran writes,

“you are invited to create a haibun about September and a special moment you experienced during this month or are looking forward to.

The prose can be narrative, lyrical or terse and the ku can be either a three-line haiku or a monoku (haiku in a single line).

You can have alternating blocks of prose and verse, as long as the total word count does not exceed 250 words.”

So, I’m not sure about the monokus.

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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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14 Responses to I Don’t Dance, I Sway

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good lines:
    “Time never says goodbye
    God strums in perfect rhythm”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Grace says:

    This month has a bit of sadness too when summer is done. Love this line:

    God strums in perfect rhythm

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beautifully done Mary, the monoku are so brief they create a lovely space for reflection 💚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. dorahak says:

    “A melody only heard by me”: your wistful words help us to hear it too, the sadness and the trust in God’s “perfect rhythm.”
    ~ Dora

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  5. Mish says:

    I love the idea of “tasting the sun” in the darkness of winter and the metaphors of season and change. You gently elude to a shift, a change. Sometimes swaying really is the best approach.

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  6. that last line is so reassuring. gave so much peace.

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  7. forestbather says:

    There are so many stunning lines in this. Beautiful haibun, in every way, but again, some breathtaking lines.

    Liked by 1 person

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