Some days, we just wake up feeling snarky. Like today. But, lucky me! I could combine three January NaHaiWriMo prompts (first tea/first calligraphy/first snow) to burn off a bit of aggression with a bit of humor. As an aside: per Lexico, a slang British term for urinate is “slash” which seemed perfectly appropriate to use.
we sip ‘til full
then step out to slash our names
in new-fallen snow
Caption Me by bambe1964 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Four-footed friends and naps — this was Zorro, and he was quite the snuggler. Who are your favorite furbaby nappers?
For a quick dive into some Scottish tradition, check out this brief article on hogmanay. It seemed like a nice pairing with the NaHaiWriMo prompt of “first visitor.” And a natural place for Droughtlander sufferers to explore some of the back story on Outlander . . . next season is soon to start! Yay!
old river knows
no white-out can wipe out
my natal tag
Today’s haiku brought to you by the NaHAiWriMo prompt “first name” and some general musings on my own first name, Shannon (“old river”) anglicised from Sionainn, also a diminutive of the Irish Seanán, meaning old or wise; and as a borrowing of the name of the longest river in Ireland.
There’s nothing I like more than hiking in the autumn; the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, the shift, movement and calls of migrating critters, and the smells. Autumn has its own fascinating, fresh smell — and it’s particularly poignant in the northeast. For years I kept a small pillow filled with balsam fir needles until the smell finally wore away for good. Over the next few months, I realized how much I missed that comforting smell. And then while hiking in the Appalachians, I found its source. With fingers crossed, I checked a local gift store for a new scented pillow, and snagged the last one. Lucky me! And then read the insert on the healing properties of balsam fir, and realized just why I had clung to that scented pillow for so many years. With great delight, I brought the new aromatic pillow home with me and breathe deeply in of its restorative grace.