Carpe Diem Haiku – delight in company


Advent means waiting for something important. In the Northern hemisphere we are preparing for a time of company in almost absent daylight, and the outward symbols of gifts and food becomes overwhelming. I have seen the lonely souls looking more forlorn than ever. For every candlelight they seem paler, and for every slice of ham they seem to grow thinner. These are the lonely people, those that long for holidays to end. The hardest and simplest thing to share is company, we seem to use the holidays as an excuse to lock our doors, and let the candlelight of company delights cast black shadows on the streets outside, to let the sounds of our carols reverberate, and to let the lonely souls feel even lonelier.

cashier’s smile –
is for the just divorced
a company

From Wikimedia Commons

From Wikimedia Commons


Linked to Carpe Diem and Toads Open Link Monday

December 1, 2014

23 responses to “Carpe Diem Haiku – delight in company

  1. Loneliness is hard to bear in any circumstance, but during an arctic winter, it must be quite debilitating. Kindness between strangers helps, I am sure.

  2. we seem to use the holidays as an excuse to lock our doors, and let the candlelight of company delights cast black shadows on the streets

    It can come to that. One may be so absorbed on being alone that steps taken justifies the contention. Great lines Bjorn!

    Hank

  3. Sometimes aloneness heals – we all need it in small measures, I suppose. But when a cashier’s smile is “is company”… well – that says so much with so few words.

  4. You have done a smashing job here of pinning the theme of loneliness and social alienation again the trappings of the holiday season – for many the saddest time of the year. A great observational haibun!

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