Wo ist der hohle Baum
im Kreise der steinernen Bänke,
der mit knochigen Fingern
die Netze des Nebels,
mit knorrigen Zehen
das feuchte Gras durchfischte?
Alles ist quellendes Blatt nun
und berstendes Bunt,
Laubzauber, lautloses Lachen,
tiefer Atem langer Tage
zwischen bergendem Grund
und goldenem Wind.
Christina Egan © 2006
Schloßpark Fulda im Frühling.
Photograph: Christina Egan © 2014.
Standing in the Slush
(February Haiku )
Standing in the slush,
by the bus stop, I’m looking
for lost memories.
Wet empty benches,
wet winding sand paths, furrowed
by hurried footsteps.
I’m rubbing my eyes,
weighed down by dreams, and there –
first leaves like lances!
Christina Egan © 2013
Like February Sparks, these haiku were written at the hardest time of the year, when our strength is about to be exhausted entirely. This is when we have to be strongest, when we have to fight hardest, as the previous post, Venus and Mars, describes. At least, in southern England, flowers appear very early, in winter, really, to cheer you up…!
The First of December
The ample, even, hand-like leaves
carelessly crumpled up by the frost
the luscious colonies of moss
dusted with ice in the colourless light
of the day.
And we cannot deny this is still only autumn:
the yearly slow and sure descent
towards the cold.
This is the month of shrinking days,
of darkening hair and shivering skin
touched by damp.
This is the season of flickering lights,
some of them real, all of them glimmering
drops of hope.
Christina Egan © 2012
In the crowd,
in the too early dark,
the enveloping damp, I rush,
crush onto the red bus, and there,
on the front bench, you are, as if waiting
for me, or at least hoping for me, with a smile,
a wide warm smile, just like the one you gave me
nineteen years ago, with the same smooth oval face;
and our words change the day into a string of pearls,
change the city into a cluster of colourful balloons;
in the damp dark evening, I feel the sun rising,
feel a breeze rising, taking my heart with it,
like a little red balloon, weightless,
into shadeless heights, we are
two bouncing balloons
on a red bus!
I love you
Christina Egan © 2016
This little story may work in a translation software.
There is also a wedding or anniversary poem about a
Yellow Balloon !