enlightenment, haibun, haiku, history, photography, seasons

Oh Come, All Fibo-ku

An old Xmas lighting tradition defies a darkness worse than long nights.  I honor it with my lights and with a fibo-ku (a haiku using the Fibonacci series rather than 5-7-5 for syllable counts).

My response to

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #10
Fibo-ku winter time

could be called a “fibo-bun” because it is like a haibun but has syllable counts from the Fibonacci sequence in the haiku part.

Several cultures have responded to the long nights of winter with festivals or structures celebrating light at roughly the time of the solstice.  While not quite old enough to have personal memories of Stone Age passage tombs aligned with the sunrise (on a few of the several days that amounted to the solstice with Stone Age time-keeping), I do remember multicolored Hanukkah candles and the cheerful chiaroscuro of multicolored Xmas lights draped over trees and large shrubs.

Nowadays I see mostly different kinds of Xmas lights.  Some people set out ugly jumbles of inflated Santas and other symbols of the gifting frenzy; others outline their houses with harshly uniform white lights.  But some still carry forward the old Xmas lighting tradition (with LED-s now).  And the glorious vocal music of Hanukkah and Xmas still transcends the literal meanings of the verses (2 of which inspired my titles here).

Darkness worse than long nights and garish decorations hangs heavy in today’s air.  Maybe this darkness will also recede.  My lights are up.

Yet in the Darkness Shineth
|blue, and
|yellow lights:
|winter solstice celebration
|defies dark tribal hatred to sing of love and light.


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10 thoughts on “Oh Come, All Fibo-ku

  1. Wonderfully creative, Mellow. Love the last line. That’s what the joys of Christmas is about, ” to celebrate love and light.” The blur effect in your photos accentuate the light overcoming the dark. Enjoyed your post. Beautifully done! ❤

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    1. Thanks.  Glad I can sometimes get something that appeals to a really good photographer like U.

      Confession: the blurring is what I got stuck with.  It was too cold for my old hands to work the camera outside, so I shot the first photo thru fairly clean window glass and the second one thru such glass plus the screen on a different window.  Tho my usual preference is for the sharpest possible focus, I decided that the blurring in #1 was tolerable while the greater blurring and 4-pointed star effect in #2 were appropriate here.

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  2. The lights have always been my favorite part of the holiday season. Without ever bothering to put a reason to it, I think you’ve named it: they defy “dark tribal hatred to sing of love and light.” Well said. And beyond that, your serendipitous photographic “treatment” adds to the mood and magic.

    May the holidays brighten the love and light in your life, Barry!

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