Friday, December 23, 2016

Holly and Mistletoe (a haibun)--By Neena Singh--India

Holly and Mistletoe

First winter in the US, out for a walk on a cold December morning trying to catch the sun through now bare trees which have a solemn calm beauty and stillness. 

I walk on admiring the Christmas spirit visible everywhere... holly and mistletoe wreaths and lighted-up trees. In a garden, huge white cutouts of infant Jesus in a crib surrounded by Mary, Joseph and two angels, another has a snowman with a red cap and striped scarf.

A white US Postal Service van stops nearby and the young mail-man with  a friendly smile holds out a parcel, "I see you walking are the one with a baby" Oh yes, I'm the granny..."but you don't even look that old" he grins.  

Sometimes, I meet other walkers with their dogs - I stop to ask about their pets and see the smile spreading to their eyes! Today I see a lovely corgi being led by a young long-haired guy and I think he looks like a geek - bespectacled, pyjama-clad and pulled out of bed by his pet. Stopping, I whistle and the dog strains its leash to come towards me. I am right - Michael is a data developer and the dog is a girl - Scout. She leaps up to me for a pat and as I bend to hug her, removing my gloves, she jumps up to give me a wet lick.

Oh! how I miss my own beloved labrador, Rumi back home in India.     

twelve days to Christmas
the fragrance of apple pie
spreading warmth

Neena Singh is the author of Whispers of the Soul - The Journey Within, a book of poetry showcasing her passion for nature and life. The book and e-book are available on Amazon. She is the creator of ‘soul2soul’, a well-loved group on Facebook, committed to spreading peace, goodwill and light through theme-based discussions among members. She has received awards for her contribution in banking, management and social work. Neena lives with her husband, Prithpal and her golden lab, Rumi, in Chandigarh.


  1. Thank you for sharing this fine haibun relative to the season,wishing you a Merry X'mas,love and light,angelee

  2. Thanks dear Angelee for your wishes and motivation - am learning from you! May your Christmas be bright!

  3. Neena,
    Some interesting prose and haiku included in this haibun.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

  4. Dear Neena,
    Thank you for sharing such sensitive insights through both your prose and haibun creations.