A Question Mark


In the middle of night she blooms, the Night Queen spreading her white petals of fragrance. In the morning she droops and wilts. To see her in true splendor midnight is the only time. Once I saw this little white fairy with her winged petals. She was like a fragrant moon radiant in her petal-corona; she kept her attached to a green flower stalk in a corner. I switched off the light after a while and she remained visible in her scent. Then I looked up. There the moonless night showed up with her millions of night-queens twinkling. In one place was a huge question mark, glittering, perhaps asking me, how do we look, we the starry blooms? Of course they’re familiar to me from my childhood days, the seven brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major, The Big Dipper. They are the Sapta Rishis, seven sages to us. My father first introduced them to me with the story of these seven Light Beings that children of our times knew. And now they carry his memory too. I still have the reverence for them that was inculcated into me from my childhood.


Wakeful night

Blinks her starry eyelids

Memories glitter





Source Night Queen



Posted for Haibun Monday – Twinkle Twinkle @ dVerse


22 thoughts on “A Question Mark

  1. Early
    iN South Asia..
    look up to imaginary
    angles of connections
    oF StarS in sky.. finding
    sticks.. scratching sanskrit
    alphabet copies of connections
    oF sKy StarS.. iN sAnd..
    and noW
    wE sPeak
    Star Language
    as without Language
    there are no Stars or
    Skyscrapers of Angles
    or even Angels.. aLL iS
    lEft iS Essence oF GoD..
    iT aLL stARs witH A prEhensile
    thumb and digit oF FinGer.. noW
    bits and bytes bEcoMe 10 fingers plaYinG
    Keyboard oF SiGns thE sAMe.. wHeRe
    iT aLL bEgan
    as Digit of Finger
    and Art of Thumb
    comeS toGeTheR
    Scratching Angels of skY..
    iN sand.. now Digital Art aLiVe..

    Star Language..

  2. 1what an incredible haibun. I love how you share your childhood with us and also, the story of the seven sages and the Night Queen. Thank you! The haiku at the end perfectly crowns the haibun.

Thank You :)

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