Monday, January 23, 2017

Waiting


I stand on the train platform.  The screen monitor shows 3 minutes before the train arrives.   The scarf around my neck starts to itch and heat builds up under my winter jacket.  I look at the other commuters busy with their phones or music.   The only noise is from a group of 4 women nearby, chattering animatedly and laughing.   I hope they are going to the same meeting place in Queen's Park, Toronto City for the Women's March. Anticipation builds up as more and more people join in the waiting.   Here comes the flashing lights and grinding sounds of the train rolling close.  Here comes the roaring voices of women, shoulder to shoulder. I am lifted, feather light.   Folding into the sea of pink and colorful flags drawn with hearts of love.  


on fog-lit morning
i inhale blue calm of trees
and fire of drumbeats




Credit:   Michael Evans



Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Haibun Monday.  The theme is waiting and we have a special guest blogger from Australia.   Please join us when the pub opens at  3pm EST. Thanks for your visit.   

Note:   Joined the Women's March in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2017.   We were 60,000 strong, walking peacefully for equality, respect, denouncing hate and discrimination and advocating love and kindness.

23 comments:

  1. Sure great to come together indeed

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  2. What a wonderful way to wait... I can feel how you grow with the other women... and the haiku's last line binds it so well together

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  3. Beautiful how you are 'lifted, feather light' by the women and the common cause and I love your 'fire of drumbeats' :o)

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  4. Wonderful. The energy builds here as I am sure it will continue to do with the feminine rising all over the planet.Great poem. Great marching.

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  5. Waiting for trains keeps my mind chattering. I liked the phrase "lifted, feather light".

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  6. love the 'roaring voices of women' and how you build to the power of that. Great haiku too.

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  7. Beautiful Grace and so topical....I also loved the juxtaposition of 'calm of trees' and 'fire of drumbeats' very cleverly done. Thanks for your contribution...

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  8. Love these, Grace:

    "The scarf around my neck starts to itch and heat builds up under my winter jacket."

    "Here comes the roaring voices of women, shoulder to shoulder. I am lifted, feather light. Folding into the sea of pink"

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  9. Oh! I can relate to the story in your haibun. I went to the march in Oslo, Norway. I was there surrounded by beautiful women, men, girls, boys. Hope was not only in the air, it was real. :)

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  10. great write... we where there next to you... waiting

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  11. Lovely haibun - the haiku is exquisite! I was hoping to participate in the Vancouver March, but my temperamental back had other plans ... sigh ...though several members of my family marched. I would so loved to have been there, IN SOLIDARITY.

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  12. love fog lit morning... great image.

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  13. Love the change, the arrival. Well executed. My compliments

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  14. Wonderful contrast in that haiku, Grace...especially that second line.

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  15. the voices of roaring women...I am woman, hear me roar. Super haibun. I love the growth in this haibun.

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  16. There is a great feeling of togetherness and sisterhood in your haibun, Grace. I love the image of the 'blue calm of trees
    and fire of drumbeats'.

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  17. You know Grace the Haibun is good, it would be unusual if it were not.

    The topic is the outstanding bit. What a day. My only concern is that if Europe & Asia fall to the insanity of the populists that it will go unremarked.

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  18. OOPS: sorry...first comment said Sweden and you're in Toronto! So, let me type again......LOVE this! And love that you marched with sooooo many in Toronto. I marched with 100,000+ in Boston...fabulous day with my daughter. A truly auspicious day across the globe!

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  19. How exciting to be involved in such an historic event. Love the way your prose keep things moving easily along to the end.

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  20. loved the haibun, the haiku is beautiful; and it really must have been a wonderful experience..seeing the sheer numbers of people who took part (peacefully) was inspiring..

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  21. Lovely, Grace....the expectation and unity makes this soar! The haiku is very, very good.

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