lonely or alone is a choice

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s “loneliness” haibun prompt.

 

My husband and I don’t sleep together anymore. Yes, it happened slowly and yet it was by choice…my husband’s but I influenced him. As newlyweds buying furniture, I encouraged him to pick out a recliner but, not wanting to be a “lazy boy” by association, he declined.  

For years, I was a poor sleeper who desperately sought rest. I complained if awakened when hubby worked late (often), rose early (sometimes), or got up during night to check livestock (seasonal). My alert sensory apparatus took intense interest in all these nocturnal comings and goings. Worries about my husband’s apparent workaholism aggravated my insomnia. I was a co-dependent sleeper to a man who had little appreciation for circadian rhythms. 

Fast forward to time our middle son broke his leg and the doctor suggested he sleep in a recliner with his leg raised. I called my husband from the surgery center. “Honey, if you ever  wanted a recliner, now would be the time to buy one. Why don’t you go pick one out?” He did; it would be a life-changing decision.

Our son’s recovery led to my husband’s discovery…that recliner was comfortable! He could fall asleep to a movie without me grumbling about noise in bed. When calving season came, he would get up during the night, check cows, and spend remaining hours of darkness in the chair so as not to wake the queen. It eventually became a habit since we both slept better.

On vacation, camping or otherwise, we enjoy sleeping together…time apart seems to have a “honeymoon effect” when we reunite. And my husband knows he’s welcome to visit anytime!

 

ships pass in the night

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farmer snores in recliner

dear wife sleeps in peace

 

sign of his presence

Exploring new (old) form of poetry,  the ghazal, at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

 

symbol of peace whose spirit we know

surprised by shadow, white dove in snow

 

swift owl or coyote’s bloody salvo

moonlight reveals white dove, still, in snow

 

on pilgrim road, choose which way to go

follow the sun or white dove in snow

 

cemetery where winter winds blow

watchman on headstone, white dove in snow

 

soft, lynn, pure sign of his love to show

alights branch above, white dove in snow

 

 

hope for renewal

 

Linking a quadrille on theme of “dawn” with dVerse Poets this week…


now

aurora breaks

this fresh beginning

pink bud of day’s flower

best chance to start again

chosen expect a new dawning

resurrection of men and women

of every tribe, nation and race

new beings recreated, whole

tread gently on new earth

live together in love

 speak peace

then

advent reading (4)

Light a candle on this 4th Sunday of Advent

We watch with eyes wide open.

What does a shepherd know of Peace?

God’s comforting word

in dark valley still heard

All:  Since Christ is our Advent of PEACE!

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sanctuary stones

 

cleft in ancient wall

rock dove coos benediction

peace rest upon us

 

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Byzantine ruins at Avdat – photo by lynn


 

Carpe Diem celebrates 4th anniversary this month.

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CDHK’s prompt from Jane Reichhold’s “Dictionary of Haiku”:  peace

 

longest hour of day

crying baby falls asleep

parents enjoy peace

red velvet rhythm

 

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Have fun with magnetic poetry online !

 

 

European tour: Malta

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

 

find peace after storm

missionaries and martyrs

reach their safe harbor

 

Malta nature 1

(photo credit: CDHK)

hideous powers

 

world of violence

when we tolerate evil

cultures in rubble

 

align to  higher standard

pursue peace with sword of truth

 


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (Ephesians 6:12)

 

salaam/shalom (be upon you)

 

pray in darkest hour

clouds gather on winds of war

await dawn’s faint light

 

as shalom reigns in heaven

may Your peace rain down on earth

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This episode of CDHWT takes you to the “as is above, as below” (a very explicit religious proverb) in haiku…

 

we pass thru vale (veil) of tears

 

we’re all refugees

orphans searching for hearts’ home

when peace cries last tears

 

photo by lynn

photo by lynn


 


Thanks to Mira for nominating me for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge!

 To Wear a Rainbow

(Hey, I nominate all of my readers…check it out!)

blessed are peacemakers

Linking to CDHK “beatitudes” prompt…

 
 

garden gate to peace

words spoken, living water 

refreshes my soul

 
 

On site in Israel - photo by lynn

On site of Church of Beatitudes in Israel – photo by lynn

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