Step by step the midwinter is passing into winter-spring. Days are getting a little bit longer and when the sky is clear, the sun may even caress you with a tender hand of warmth. Yet still, storms unload their burden of snow in the company of moody gales.
We try dressing in wool hugging our skin, we walk or run in spiked shoes, we wear gloves and hats, hug the daylight dressed in down. We refuse to only huddle by the fireplace, it would be letting winter win. You are blushing, kissed by the wind.
the lunar new year —
a lemon cardamom cake
for my birthday
Today Frank hosts haibun Monday at dVerse, and the topic is winter.
January 31, 2022
Exquisite, Bjorn! I like the idea of challenging winter. & your reference to spike shoes inspires me!
That haiku is exquisite.
Very nice interaction between haiku and prose, as it should be, and between person and the weather…the title and theme remind me that the Sàmi of northern Sweden have eight seasons, of course…
Which was exactly on my mind. 🙂
Happy Birthday Björn. I saw your birthday listed today at Facebook
Happy Birthday Bjorn, sounds like you are making the most of it … don’t let that winter win! I’d like a slice of that yummy cake please?
Oh how I love the hugs and kisses in here as winter starts to cozy up to spring. Lemon cardamom cake sounds like a cheerful way to celebrate your birthday.
happy birthday Bjorn. what a great piece of writing hope you enjoy your lemon and cardamon cake. stay warm
Amazingly lovely, this.
Happy Birthday, Bjorn. You’ve depicted a lovely birthday for us!
As always, your form is beloved. A happy birthday to you, and a happy bit of prose for me.
Looking forward to Spring…YES!!
Fine work, BR & Happy Birthday!
Hold fast against old man winter Bjorn, though a nice warm fire sounds cozy! 🙂
I especially like this line in your prose:
“hug the daylight dressed in down”
I love this. And no, winter should not win! Happy Birthday!! I don’t know much about cardamom. It is very expensive so I never use it.
That was very cool, and a fine, tucked-in-back-home ending.
Lemon cardamom birthday cake! A lovely cake for winter birthdays indeed. Happy Birthday Bjorn!
We refuse to only huddle by the
fireplace, it would be letting winter win
The right consequences of winter on the present lifestyle. Stuck at the fireplace. Love to see the refusal to be taken in by Winter
“blushing, kissed by the wind.”–what a wonderful image (K)
Those tender hands of warmth, leading us slowly towards spring. I hope you enjoyed your lemon cake. Sounds delicious. Happy Birthday!
Sounds like a great cake! Enjoy… Happy Birthday!
Thanks for a glimpse into life at your latitude Bjorn!
Beautiful Haibun, Happy Birthday!
Lovely Haibun – and many happy returns.🎂
Happy birthday Bjorn. I can feel the cold you fight.
Happy birthday!(belated wishes,I wasn’t awake at that time!) This was a superb haibun,how lovely is your image of midwinter passing into spring! 🙂
With warmth, hugs and kisses you tame the formidable winter. Of course, we can’t let it win.
Happy birthday, Bjōrn. Lemon cardamom cake sounds heavenly delish.
Happy belated Birthday, Bjorn, hope you had a wonderful time. Your words are lovely as always, and I had great pleasure imagining the cake.
Sounds as though you’re going with the season rather than fighting it. Happy birthday 🙂
@ Björn: I left you a comment on my blog saying: Cool about your name — it is the “Ber” in “berserk” (or crazy). And BTW, actually, the Great Bear points to the Polar Star:
“Hug the daylight dressed in down” – Love that, as well as your haiku.
I see from above comments that Happy Birthday! is in order. Hope it was a good one!