Haibun: 2018

Happy New Year to you all.  This haibun is my mantra for 2018.


Leap into 2018. Practice kindness, hope, and gratitude. Live mindfully. Be true to yourself. Live life to the fullest. So many paths to choose from. Which ones to choose?

bitter cold new years day –
stray cats come out of hiding –
to eat their fill

New Years Day 2016 – copyright Kanzensakura

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trådløs
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:29:29

    Beautifully and very thoughtfully penned. Have a wonderfilled and peaceful 2018


  2. kim881
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:34:43

    Your stray cats have touched my heart, Toni. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:35:56

      These came out of nowhere. I was mourning my two murdered kitties and then….two more reappeared. BTW, the guy that murdered them goes to trial next month on several chargers> This country does not take such things lightly!


  3. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:35:53

    I like the cats coming out of hiding and having many paths available.


  4. sarahsouthwest
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:37:06

    This feels like a moment of calm on top of a high board. Enjoy your leap this year!


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:38:46

    I so wish to have some cold weather… just rain and grayness here.


  6. paul scribbles
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:52:17

    Lovely opening poem for our new season.


  7. nosaintaugustine
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 15:54:13

    Very touching haiku!


  8. Grace
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 16:08:09

    The one with love. Thank you for the meaningful haibun Toni ~ I wish you and your family happiness and joy for 2018!


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 16:27:13

    Poor cats. I love your goals for 2018–can’t say it any better. We have weird weather–highs in the 40’s but lows 20-30 degrees lower. That’s Reno.
    Please tell me how Brad is.


  10. kelly
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 16:50:14

    i love how this moves from ethereal to real… cats seem to have all the answers.


  11. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 18:39:16

    Poignant and evocative, Toni! Happy New Year!


  12. Mish
    Jan 01, 2018 @ 19:04:24

    After reading your comments, I’m so glad these little kitties found you. A lovely and hopeful haiku. Best wishes to you in the New Year, Toni.


  13. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 05:07:43

    Keep feeding the cats, Toni! Thanks for this bright poem 🙂


  14. MarinaSofia
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 09:51:28

    Sounds like someone is being kind and feeding those cats… I love your mantra. I don’t think I could do anything else, no matter how much I try to harden my heart. Hope your husband is much better and enjoying life to the fullest as well.


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 10:16:11

      Yes! Thank you. He will finally be going back to work tomorrow. He is still a bit weak but taking it slowly. Thank you for asking. Happy New Year to you. Peace and blessings to you and all you hold dear.


  15. wolfsrosebud
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 10:15:01

    Interesting how you brought the cats out on a chilly day. It’s -6 in Wisconsin.


  16. Victoria Young
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 22:45:07

    Great advice, Toni. I’m in Oregon with my family skiing and that bitter cold is pretty exhilarating!


  17. rothpoetry
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 10:37:50

    Happy New Year to you!


  18. navasolanature
    Jan 06, 2018 @ 08:02:23

    Very thoughtful and captures a stillness by being so precise. Sounds cold too.! Wishing you a happy and hopeful 2018.


  19. alisonhankinson
    Jan 06, 2018 @ 14:46:04

    Much wisdom lies here. Happy New Year. XXX


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