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Photo by Gosia Rokicka [CC BY-NC-SA]. Painting effect created with Varnist.

Rosehips

haibun

Gosia Rokicka
Oct 15, 2018 · 1 min read

Rosehips are bright red and tender, their skin soft like a ninety-year-old woman’s cheek on the first day of sunshine. I touch them to check — yes, they squash easily between my fingers. Half a kilo picked from the park and the neighbour’s front garden, ripe and ready to turn into a sweet and sour syrup to enrich my strong black tea on winter mornings.

Boiling, they smell of pure vitamin C: health, goodness, vitality. I know that sugar will ruin it somewhat but it needs to be a syrup. An autumn staple. A taste of safety and familiarity. Comfort food. Another jar of home-made treasures, alongside apple, courgette and turmeric jam, hops and cider vinegar mixture for a good night sleep, comfrey with jojoba oil for sprains and bruises and a row of dried herbs: sage, thyme, mint, tilia flower, lemon verbena.

touch it and it bursts

red juice on your fingertips -

it’s a long way home


This haibun came out of a creative journaling challenge lead by Trisha Traughber (you can join in by contacting Trisha through her website).


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Written by

Storyteller, word catcher, curious observer, animal lover, plant enthusiast, lifelong language learner, mistress of tsundoku.

365 Days of Poetry by Gosia Rokicka

A poem a day for a year by @gosiawrites.

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