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Wednesday, January 06, 2010


I've posted this before, but, hey, today's the day.

the neighborhood returns
to ordinary darkness

For anyone who may not be familiar with the tradition, the Feast of the Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas (and tonight, for you Shakespeare buffs, is Twelfth Night), marking the end of the season. Christmas decorations (trees, lights, etc.) are to be taken down on or before this date. The feast celebrates the appearance of the infant Jesus to the Magi, as recounted in Matthew 2: 9-11.

taking down the tree
an ornament has settled
behind the couch


Blogger Devika said...

"...yet of thee
I will believe thou hast a mind that suits
With this thy fair and outward character.
I prithee, and I'll pay thee bounteously,"

Let lines from Twelfth Night be used to pay my appreciation :)

Good set, Bill :)


6:55 PM  
Anonymous GIna said...

love your work ...

my warmest wishes for your new year ... >>> Gina

7:36 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

__I, a believer, see this new realization... as the first step forward. Great work here!
As always, _m

9:06 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

enjoyed these Bill

1:01 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, my friends.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Kristin Riggs said...

There is something a little sad about it...when the neighborhood returns to darkness. That feeling doesn't last long, though...for a new year brings a light all it's own. Love this!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

Well worth rereading. Just put the lights away...and I was feeling the lack. Your epiphany struck the right note.

Happy New Year, Bill.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

i love the mood of settling back after the hype; almost like exhaling

Happyy New Yyear Bill

much love

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Monika said...

Hi Bill, I like both of these Epiphany haiku, very much ! Chez nous, traditionnellement, on enlève le sapin et la crèche le dimanche après la Fête des Rois. (Mais chez ma grand-mère, jadis, c'était seulement à la Chandeleur, le 2 février !))

7:37 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Kristin, Patry, Gillena, Monika, my thanks and best wishes.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Adelaide said...

Hi Bill,

Getting to this a bit late. Love the haiku. My neighborhood still has holiday lights, including mine. We seem to let the season end slowly. Every other day or so another house goes dark. It's nice that we don't do it all at once.


2:00 PM  

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