Haibun Monday–Shimo No Koe–First Frost’s Voice

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Haibun Monday—Shimo No Koe—First Frost’s Voice

The voice of frost, on a quiet windless night, can be heard when the earth and air whisper:shin shin. Sometimes I sit at our local temple and listen to this voice. Also in the bamboo grove we hear the shin shin of frost.
Dr. Gabi Greve, Daruma Museum, Japan

Shhhh. Do you hear that breathless whisper of Autumn’s first frost, shin shin?

In last week’s Quadrille, our own Kanzen Sakura spoke of the Japanese phrase for first frost’s voice, Shimo no koe. Because she has been derailed and I am filling in for her for today’s Haibun, I asked her if I may use this for today’s prompt.

What memories or sensual experience can you claim when you think of a first frost? Perhaps it is the withering of the garden that you’ve tended so carefully throughout the summer…

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