Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: Solitude (posted by Kim)
“I regularly read Brain Pickings by Maria Popova and a recent one had an article about Hermann Hesse on solitude. The article starts by describing how Hesse’s ideas about our human responsibility to ourselves and the world were expressed in his ‘Letter to a Young German’ and in his 1946 anthology If the War Goes On…, which was published the year he received the Nobel Prize, from both of which some of the quotations in the article were taken. My favourite quotation about solitude is:”
‘Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.’
“For this week’s Haibun Monday, write about solitude: it could be meditative solitude, solitude in nature, or just plain old sitting alone in your room solitude. That’s up to you. But you should write no more than three tight paragraphs about solitude, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.”
Winter solitude, and Summer solitude differ from each other. In Winter, I sit curled up, mug of coffee at my side, reading poems, and daydreaming. Two sleeping dogs. In Summer, outdoor morning suits me. I can hear birds waking and singing, as I drink my coffee, and read poems.
Those differing seasons and my time alone has not changed, however, since I have added meditation to my mornings in my own space, I enjoy this new solitude that washes over me, and prepares me for the day. It has become a lovely extension of morning solitude.
monk’s eyes are closed, smiles
at sounds of summer birdsong
meditates at dawn