To Nowhere and Back

The engine turned over at last, proceeded by a hoarse round of cheers. The New Year had come and gone huddled in the back of the old Honda, a burbling hookah and a crushed pack of old cigarettes (Quit smoking or quit buying, eh?) our only source of warmth. Our passing savior and her oversized sedan packed with bleary-eyed children led to a singed blanket as we hid our sinful ways from the eyes of the virtuous, but a mild car fire and the loss of a little of the dark leaf shisha (Hey hey hey!) might be worth the rescue. We pulled our scarves together, wet with stale breath and smelling of long-lost college years and kissed belatedly our last year goodbye. For our driver, an extra kiss – for bringing us so far to nowhere, only to take us home again, smiling nonetheless.

Gently the snow falls,
Erasing the old footpath,
Make old journeys new.

Prompt: from the kind writers over at the pub, dVerse, “Celebration” as part of their Haibun Monday Series, celebrating the New Year.


28 thoughts on “To Nowhere and Back

    1. I’m so thankful for your kind words. The haiku surprisingly took the longest, needing to be of similar themes without simply repeating the story. I was delighted it came out the way it did.

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    1. You are very kind! I was hoping a blend of stream of consciousness and blurred perceptions with have a celebratory air to it. I’m glad it’s at the very least cohesive.


    1. Ahh, the old hookah. I believe it resides in a snowy city somewhere in the Great White North, packed up in a box in some forgotten room. How I fondly recall my baser delights…
      (And I could not resist the little reference, friend.)


    1. Thank you so much! I was worried it blurred together a little too much, but if you could piece it together, I’ll call it fine!


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