Headway

23 names for snow s

My skull is clouded, mute. My eyes can’t penetrate the storm of fog.  I wake at night with brain burning–not red fire, but an uncomfortably warm, rough, choking smoke.  There seems to be no ending; the black and white video merges into exaggerations of grey.  All maneuvers lead back into themselves.  I am ill with unease.

Trees stand leafless, calm.
Earth is soaked in melting snow–
awash in waiting.

 

An old collage, but I think it works well with the grey-themed haibun, done for dVerse.  I also used word prompts from Colleen and the Secret Keeper.

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33 responses to “Headway”

  1. paul scribbles says :

    A deftly penned essay of restlessness/anxiety perhaps. Potent stuff.

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  2. Gospel Isosceles says :

    That waiting in choking smoke can be the worst, like you said, more so than the red-hot burning.

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  3. equipoise17 says :

    all manouevers lead back into themselves is a line with great energy and goes with the image

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  4. Frank Hubeny says :

    Nice description of black and white as “exaggerations of grey”.

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    The smoke is the worst… as a metaphor as well as for real. They say that in fires most people die from the smoke and not from the fire.

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  6. Colleen Chesebro says :

    Love images. I like how you emphasized the greyness and how it will soon burst into bloom. ❤

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  7. merrildsmith says :

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. I thought this was a metaphor for the current state of the country/world, but I saw above you have a cold. Maybe all of the above. 🙂
    Our windows are open today, and I saw buds on the trees. Of course, we could still have a blizzard, but it’s spring today.

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  8. Jodi says :

    It will soon burst and reveal that beauty. We must patiently watch and wait

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  9. Jill Kuhn says :

    I too look forward to Spring and flowers blooming… I like how your created your collage and added one flower. It reminds me of a clock and the seasons and rebirth. 💜

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  10. Singledust says :

    your haiku made me feel such reverence for the trees, waiting, bare to the world, yet standing tall and in all the coldness around them still they persevered till spring came and said bloom.

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  11. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Lovely Haiku and artwork. Amazing how creative you are even when not feeling well. Hope you get over your cold soon!

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  12. Sharon Mann says :

    Hope is peeking through the gray. Nature offers us “always” a new day. Thanks for your thoughtful post, Kerfe.

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  13. Suzanne says :

    The smoke sounds scary. I hope your find your way clear to a breath of clean air very soon.

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  14. Janice says :

    “Soaked in melting snow — awash in waiting” really fits my situation here—strong experiential description in the haibun.

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