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ANNOUNCEMENT: New to dVerse in 2023! We will offer OLN LIVE on Thursday, January 19th from 3 to 4 PM EST . . . AND on Saturday, January 21st from 10 to 11 AM EST. Mark your calendars now! More information forthcoming.

Welcome to the dVerse Poets Pub. I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, your host for the first Haibun Monday of 2023.

Now that we have welcomed in the New Year, the month of January stretches out before us: a bleak month and a cold one. The beginning of January is always tough for me as my mother died on 9th January 2017. However, at the end of the month, my husband and I will be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary.

As you can see, dates are important, and one thing I do on the first or second day of the new year is write in my calendar and diary all the birthdays, anniversaries and appointments for the year. Is this a personal thing or do any of you do it too? I know of people who have to go for a walk on New Year’s Day, while others dash out to the New Year sales at the drop of a hat, whether they need to buy anything or not. What do you do in the first days of January, and how do you feel about your prospects in 2023?

I found poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Brian Bilston that fit the bill for me (no pun intended!): click here.

And a haiku by Seamus Heaney that really resonates with me: click here.

This week, I would like you to write about your feelings towards this New Year and/or what you do in the first few days of January. Aim to write no more than three short, tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to the season.

If you are new, here’s how to join in:

  • Write a haibun in response to the challenge.
  • Remember to include a link back to the dVerse Poets Pub from your blog.
  • Enter your name and a link directly to your haibun by clicking Mr Linky below, and check the little box to accept the use/privacy policy.
  • You will find links to other poets and more will join so check back later to read their haibun.
  • Read and comment on other poets’ work – we all come here to have our poems read.
  • Comment and participate in our discussion below, if you like.  We are a friendly bunch of poets.

All images found on Unsplash: Fireworks by Jingda Chen; Dripping Tap by Sasikan Ulevik; and Icy Pavements by Sam Battaglieri.