Almost Christmas

#Haikai Challenge #13 (12/23/17): Christmas #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga For Frank Tassone’s haiki challenge.
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Almost Christmas

We hold hands across the hospital bed. My husband is asleep and I watch him as he sleeps. Outside the window, snow falls – slowly and silently. Sounds filter to us from other rooms along the floor. I move my hand to be more comfortable. His breathing is steady.

snow falls outside –
the window reflects us –
almost Christmas

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:18:48

    I hope the year ends on a happy note for you, Toni. It sounds peaceful, but hope you’ll both be home soon.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:23:42

    I so hope all will be well… to be home in health for Christmas.

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  3. Frank J. Tassone
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:39:55

    Beautiful and poignant, Toni! Merry Christmas!🎁🎄

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  4. Ω
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 16:13:11

    Sometimes steady, predictable, calm breathing is an answer to prayer, along the road to recovery.

    “the window reflects us” … For some reason, this line stands out to me. It’s the image I will carry away and ponder. Maybe because it is a reminder that truth is not necessarily what’s in our brains, because our perspectives change, lie, get distorted. Sometimes seeing the flatter dimension actually brings clarity.

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  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 16:25:12

    I believe the meaning of Christmas in love and somehow in the middle of the most difficult times, love flourishes. Like having to give birth in a stable. And I see snow on your screen!

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 23, 2017 @ 20:41:24

      Yes ma’am. On ?WP we have the choice of snow blowing on our page until after New Years. I believe in love as well Victoria. It just seems to grow stronger.

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  6. Rommy
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 19:24:21

    Oh wow…I hope that the year’s end finds both of you in a happier and healthier place.

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  7. Trådløs
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 04:23:57

    I do hope your husband gets well soon. Not easy to have a loved one in the hospital over Christmas. All the best for you and a blessed and wonder-filled Christmas to you and yours

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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 06:06:15

    Poignant, as Frank says … and also peaceful. May you indeed have a calm, peaceful Christmas, both of you

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  9. Vivian Zems
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 06:17:42

    Toni, how poignant. Wishing you all the best in good health (for you and hubby) and a restful, merry Christmas.

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  10. hedgewitch
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 10:39:18

    My sympathies are with you. I have spent many days the last two months doing this–holding on, watching, feeling that a secret process continues that I am powerless to affect…your sparse, direct language here underlines the kind of numb but piercingly clear vision one has in that place. Thanks for sharing the moment, difficult as it is, and I’m glad you were able to find words–however many–as they seem to be one of the few things that help.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 24, 2017 @ 11:10:05

      Thank you. I do apologize for the over 55 words. I always try to keep within the limits of the prompt. I am posting from the hospital so I may not be able to comment as I like to do. I am hoping that in the new year, all will be well with all of us. That there will be peace and joy.

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  11. julespaige
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 10:43:53

    Think of you while you are supporting your husband.
    May my thoughts of healing and light reach you both.

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  12. Frank J. Tassone
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 11:15:44

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Toni Spencer’s latest #haibun for my current #haikai challenge!

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  13. kim881
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 13:48:20

    Thinking of you, Toni. I hope Brad is home very soon. Much love and best wishes for Christmas. xxx

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 24, 2017 @ 14:12:07

      Bless you Kim. He is progressing, slowly. He has developed pneumonia. I wish you and all you hold dear (including the cats) a happy Christmas filled with joy. PS when Brad gets out of hospital and his appetite back, I have promised him a real Christmas fry up. There is a local company that makes an excellent vegetarian sausage and bacon. I even have Heinz beans and HP sauce. ??

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      • Ω
        Dec 24, 2017 @ 14:22:11

        Damn it. I am so sorry to hear that. Pneumonia. 😦

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      • kim881
        Dec 24, 2017 @ 14:47:08

        Is that the original HP or HP fruity? My dad used to call it Harry and Pat sauce, after friends of his who couldn’t live without it! He was an HP addict, too, and wouldn’t touch ketchup. Keep warm. xxx

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  14. Magaly Guerrero
    Dec 24, 2017 @ 15:39:18

    That haiku is pure pain. The thought that, to the speaker, it reflects Christmas (something that should be happy and gentle)… but a loved one in the hospital is rarely something that fills us with peace.

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  15. sanaarizvi
    Dec 25, 2017 @ 07:14:52

    I hope the year ends on a happy note for you 🙂 sending love and prayers. Merry Christmas, Toni 💞

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  16. merrildsmith
    Dec 25, 2017 @ 09:32:08

    Wishing you both all the best, Toni. I hope your husband is soon feeling better and able to go home. Merry Christmas to you both.

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  17. Sherry Marr
    Dec 25, 2017 @ 21:46:47

    I can feel the peacefulness, and your supportive presence at his bedside. Beautiful, Toni. May he soon be well.

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    • kanzensakura
      Dec 25, 2017 @ 21:55:36

      Thank you Sherry. Big nasty pills I am making him swallow! They say he needs these antibiotics as he has pneumonia. My poor precious. Thank you for your support and kindness.

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