Lunar New Year 2023

Snow wraps the earth in a
symphony of silence
on a windless Lunar New Year’s morning

A man in a red hat
walks to the corner,
frosted umbrella in hand –
his mini, movable shelter

The squish of his boots on fresh snow
is momentarily drowned out by
mallards in heated discussion above
but they quiet on the lake
as he turns the corner

This hush gives me space for breath,
visible breath
I feel the chill, sip dark java
from my front porch haven,
relishing winter’s outdoor coffee break

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. Rabbits symbolize peace and calm, hopefully characteristics we will experience during the coming year. I was struck by the red hat on the man walking by on this grey day. I know that many people wear red to celebrate the Lunar New Year. I do not know if that was the case for this man, but his red hat reminded me of the holiday today.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay


9 thoughts on “Lunar New Year 2023

    1. Thank you, Xenia. I wish the same for you. Isn’t this a wonderful holiday that can be shared internationally? I hear California has made it a state holiday so that state workers from all ethnicities can take the day off,

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