the darkest of dark

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the darkest of dark

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a Gift.
Mary Oliver

It is still the darkest of dark night, yet already the wrens have begun to chant lauds and the dove coos longing…or it it loss?

The sounds of the wakening world, the scent of last night’s rain that anointed the blossoming lime tree, the hunger to join the burgeoning dance of life, draw me into light before the sun has a chance to peek over the horizon and confirm hope.

night shakes off darkness
morning stretches lazily
kisses a new day

Written for Grace’s prompt at dVerse Haibun Monday in which she gives us four poetic quotes, asking us to chose one and write a haibun related to nature. You will want to read these wonderful quotes to meet the request of the prompt. They will be available at 3:00 PM, EST when the pub doors open to welcome you and your poetry.

The first phrase of this haibun is from Oliver’s poem, “It Is Early,” found in her latest release, “Felicity.”


23 thoughts on “the darkest of dark

  1. vbholmes says:

    Your sensitive depiction of nature coming alive before dawn is delightful and your haiku is exquisite.


  2. Kate Mia says:

    Some fear dArk..
    others cynic liGht
    other animals
    feel iT
    aLL deLight
    and struggle
    sAMe liGht
    liVing FreE
    RUles n0w..:)


  3. thefeatheredsleep says:

    This really did it for me, a beautiful opening into wonder. Lovely work!


  4. before the sun has a chance to peek
    over the horizon and confirm hope

    One must be quick on the go so as not to be restrained by irritants along the way. Rightly so Victoria!



  5. trishwrites1 says:

    you have a beautiful way of bringing nature into your poems that I haven’t been able to figure out!


  6. Lovely and refreshing like a new day itself.


  7. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Oh, a wonderful evocation of awakening!


  8. lillian says:

    Love Mary Oliver. Love this leap from her quotation … Especially the lime tree. Just by naming the tree, you’ve added so much here. We did really travel in similar paths this time 😊


  9. ZQ says:

    Beautifully written.


  10. Misky says:

    An exquisite display of balanced nature. Lovely, Victoria.


  11. MarinaSofia says:

    A much more hopeful, gentle take on darkness – the necessary contrast to light and day, a natural shadow, but with a faint tinge of ‘something missing’.


  12. I hope the darkness of loss stays hidden from you, and the joys of day remain. A delightful haibun.


  13. whimsygizmo says:

    I love that question of loss or longing…sometimes we don’t know the difference, ourselves.


  14. thotpurge says:

    the transition to day is such a beautiful sight…


  15. I feel I could smell the rain and hear the birds.

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  16. Mary says:

    I love the way you worked with the quotation, Victoria. Truly I do think darkness is a gift. We need the dark in order to appreciate the light, don’t you think? If we had only ‘light’ in our life, we would not appreciate it as we do now. Your Haibun gives a whole new meaning to the quotation to me. And, ha, I did not realize the quote was from “Felcity,” a book I got for Christmas this year & love!

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    • Definitely agree that we wouldn’t recognize light without darkness or joy without sorrow. Not sure where Grace’s quote came from…it’s the first phrase of my first stanza that’s from Felicity. I just got it for myself. I like to chew on a poem or two each morning after my God time…or maybe it’s part of my God time. I see her work as full of the sacred. xo

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  17. Bodhirose says:

    I hadn’t thought of the night as a gift of darkness, but as day follows it certainly is. Lovely writing, Victoria.

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  18. kanzensakura says:

    I so love your use of the darkness – not of sad or evil darkness, but of the beautiful darkness of the night. The sounds of the day awakening…and the soft haiku that gives night a gentleness and day another delight. This is just so beautiful. Almost is like a prayer. The photo reminds me of long ago summers spent in the Mojave or by the sea or in the countryside watching meteor showers.

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  19. Grace says:

    I specially love this part Victoria: The sounds of the wakening world, the scent of last night’s rain that anointed the blossoming lime tree, the hunger to join the burgeoning dance of life ~

    Just to clarify, it is only the haiku part that must deal with nature, the prose can be about nature or some other theme ~ Thanks for joining in Victoria ~

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  20. I so love how you have focused on the sounds… to wake to the sounds of birds can be wonderful… alas when summer comes it could be 2AM when doves starts cooing here… but so much that darkness yet waiting to be cleared.

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  21. I love your haibun! It’s captivating and delightful!

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