pausing between the festivities and daily chores,
the child play, the child worry, the rain
to dip into this book, jot down a line, or twelve


for how hard it is 
to understand the landscape 
as you pass in a train
from here to there
and mutely it
watches you vanish



behind Turkenfeld
a spruce nursery
a pond in the
moor on which
the March ice
is slowly melting

and my mind is untangled, free again
i even went for a walk 
without my thoughts 
tonight i will make apple compote 
with juniper berries to scent the house
with orange and cinnamon and cloves

happy, luminous new days to you!


Ariane Reichardt said...

Dear Xenia,
life goes on
and on
like the tides
I love to come to your place
the different angle
is so inspiring:
didn't know about Sebald although he's German born...

Wish you and your family all the best for 2014!
xo Ariane.

eau de nil said...

i was just thinking of you, dear Ariane!
you have my warmest wish too
i think you will love Sebald, in fact i know . . .

Amélie said...

apple compote
with juniper
orange cinamon and cloves
the spicy scent as a new year present
wonderful words
as a new year present
and an angel
to care about the new days
happy new year dear xenia.

Kenza said...

Happy new year! may you have many many occasions to smile in this new year!

la casita said...

happy new year Xenia... and thank you!

olga inoue said...

it feels so open minded and clean,
these images from poems and scent
of the berries,

dear xenia, thank you for
sharing, your days and
your beauty. happy new year

Anonymous said...

happy new year dear xenia and little a.!
let it be creative, optimistic, full of good moments!

j said...

Happy New Year my magical island poetess!
Thank you so much for the little birds, it was only present I had to open on Christmas Day and touched my heart deeply.
Wishing you, beautiful A and your family a joyous and healthy new year.
Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and all your kind comments throughout the year.
xo, j

v said...

beauty always meets me here...in words and images...THANK YOU..

wishing you everything good and light in this new year,

justine said...

I just love the juxtaposition of the angel and the palm fronds. Exquisite in so many ways.

sanae (sanaeishida.com) said...

Happy New Year, Xenia! As always, beauty abounds here.

Demetris said...

Happy New Year X, A, and K!

eau de nil said...

thank you all so much for passing by and leaving your wish, it means a lot to me