Ash Wednesday

For Frank’s current haikai challenge, I wrote a haibun about Ash Wednesday.

The ashes that are used to mark the foreheads of the faithful, as a sign of repentance, grief yet hope, are the ashes from the burnt palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. Since Palm Sunday was cancelled for the public last Lent, I wonder which branches were burned. They were burned along with the hope of certain earthly pleasures — a reminder that this was never meant to be anyone’s true home.

Symbol-filled ashes:
Journey to destination
Because life is Lent

Me, on Ash Wednesday 2017

6 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday

  1. For everyone ‘Life is Lent’… Some faithful celebrate differently.
    It was interesting reading in our area how some had to alter this tradition.
    Most of our area houses of worship have voluntarily remained closed.
    May you find strength to continue forward lending a hand to those welcome to receive.

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