Monday, January 02, 2012
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2011-12
Opening haiga © gillena cox
Welcome to the FOURTH YEAR'S celebration OF 'The 12 days of Christmas at Lunch Break' Thanks for celebrating with me
DAY NINE JANUARY 2ND 2012
Suddenly, as if by some sort of magic, Anansi found himself in the rainforest of Mexico, how he got there he had no idea, he remembered feeling so tired that he blinked his eyelids rapidly to keep from falling asleep while walking;
"but this is not Latin America"
"this is Mexico, i recognize this giant green shrubbery , the foliage of the legendary Poinsettia,"
he was talking aloud now , and he didn't even realise this,
"The beautiful beautiful Poinsettia"
he continued; and, as he said this, a mighty wind rippled through the rainforest, right there in Mexico, and Madam Poinsettia swayed in the wind and she blushed. First she turned a pale yellowish green, then a pale pink, then a little brighter pink until she was glowing a bright red, there in the Mexican rainforest.
"Ma dam Poin sett ia"
Anansi heard these two words leaving his lips.
"What this about Poinsettia dear?"
Mrs Anansi asked but Anansi only jumped looking startled as if a mouse had run across his feet, and said to Mrs Anansi
"its nothing dear just continue your sweet singing"
and so Mrs Anansi sang; "on the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeee...nine ladies dancing...eight maids a-milking...seven swans a-swimming...six geese a-laying... five gooold rings.........four colly birds...three french hens...two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear treeeeee"
--Meanwhile in Germany as reported by Ralf Bröker
my son knows
all the names
--And in Serbia as reported by Tatjana Debeljacki
A CAT BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE
GRANDMOTHER KNITTED THE GLOVES
AROMA OF THE FRESH BREAD
--And in the USA as reported by Dian Mayr
the women step up the pace
after the new year
--And in Cape Cod as reported by magyar
a homeless man
feeds the stray dog
--And in Canada as reported by Lorraine Renaud
My 3 cats
Many religious observers ascribe the Nine ladies dancing as symbolic for Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
more aboutThe 12 days of Christmas
Listen to the song here
read a legend of the Poinsettia here
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