Monday, February 7, 2011


east wind
the paper-thin days
of the calendar
--Bouwe Brouwer; The Netherlands

"There's an east wind coming, Watson."
"I think not, Holmes. It is very warm."
"Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared." Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story "His Last Bow", published in 1917 but set in 1914, ends with Holmes addressing his assistant Doctor Watson on the eve of the First World War)

How fragile is this life we live, 'paper thin days' best describes to us, our mortality, and our existence in the wake of challenges - 'east wind'; but the calendar does not determine history, it merely records time. Truly all of creation is in God's hands; its up to us the players in this, the vast drama of the universe, to choose the 'high roads' or the 'low roads'; and all is consequent afterwards.
Bouwe's haiku is dramatic and provocative, in thirteen syllables, he presents to us a dish of rhetoric "What? of this our lives"

Well done Bouwe
--gillena cox
coordinator; Caribbean Kigo Kukai

the theme of the kukai was calendar

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