Happy New Year?

What will this New Year bring? I’m a big fan of fresh starts, clean slates, etc., and the advent of the new year typically fills me with optimism. Unfortunately, after 2017, positive outlooks are a scarce commodity around my house. It feels like my worst expectations are continually exceeded. Put simply, it’s hard to be upbeat.

In a deliberate move to focus on the positive, I’ve been semi-participating in a haiku challenge this month (#haikuforhealing). Often I have used a photograph as inspiration. This picture, taken early this morning in Portland, sparked two differing perspectives on the arrival of the New Year.


Through twists of sea mist
spectral sentinel cautions
hazards lie ahead

Molly Hogan (c) 2017

As the new year dawns
from swirling mist emerges
a beacon of light

Molly Hogan (c) 2017

Wishing you and yours peace and joy in 2018.

5 thoughts on “Happy New Year?

  1. margaretsmn says:

    I am feeling the same, both worried about what may lie ahead and excited for a new year of possibilities. The photo is amazing and mysterious. i love the two perspectives, but I’m voting for the later, hoping for a light to show the way.

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  2. Haikus extraordinaire. Have you ever thought of making cards with your haikus and pictures? This combination is amazingly touching.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Dan. The haiku focus is new for me. (By the way, apparently when you combine a haiku with an image, it’s technically a haiga. So, I’ve been misnaming them all month…) At any rate, I’m having a lot of fun writing them but have lots to learn. I’m glad you enjoyed these.


  3. Amy Warntz says:

    I understand your juxtaposed feelings. I’ve enjoyed your photos/photography along with your haikus. I find myself reading and viewing again again. A happy 2018 to you my blogging friend!


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