Each evening, as the season shifts from Summer towards Winter, the blanket of night comes a bit earlier, and covers the sleepy Earth a little bit longer. The blanket, though, is old, and filled with holes that let in the cold. The maker of the blanket once asked the inhabitants of this planet if he should craft for them a new blanket. A warmer cover to drive away the chill of winter nights.
The peoples and animals of this world conferred for many months. Some were in favour of a new blanket, but those who would keep the old were found to be in the majority. When the first group inquired of the latter, “Why would you deny us the warmth of a blanket that is whole and warm?”, a wise woman answered, “While it may be true that the cold may leak in through the blanket’s many holes, you will find that light also finds its way in. Gaze up at the blanket on a cold winter’s night and ask yourself if you would truly give up the immense beauty of the light, just for a little bit of warmth?”
a grey wolf shivers
in the winter’s chilly night –
and howls with joy
Sharing this with dVerse for the inaugural Haibun Monday