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Silent Wolves

Midnight Christmas Eve Mass. One family tradition, an absolute must, before holiday festivities commemorates. My father, his sons – polish Sunday shoes, help adjust each other’s tie knot, brush away wrinkles and dandruff; they fall like snowflakes upon the dark suit shoulders. Mom, wrangling over every strand of misplaced hair – pointing out to oldest daughter, “you’re not wearing that to church, go change,” and “hurry or we will be late!”

That was years ago. Children, we grow up. I came home one year. Christmas time. What happened mom, I asked – why are we opening presents before the choir singing, the sermon, before adjusting ill-fitting clothes and shoes, incense burning, bells chiming at Consecration – before celebrating midnight Holy Communion?

silent went the night
wolves slink in shepherd’s clothing
distant moon howling

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Artist: Gustave Dore
“And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.”
– George Carlin

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Written for The Līgo Haibun Challenge – Eclipse Of The Heart weekly quotation challenge and inspired by the lengthy history of the Catholic church sex scandals. 


26 thoughts on “Silent Wolves

  1. Ye Pirate says:

    Your haiku is very, very good, and the scene you set very-well described. When I read the details of the haibun you really got me, and I read it again. I very much like this genre of haiku which you created here, and wrote so well. So subtle, with such an important message behind it. Quite a unique haibun – really very impressive.


    • Sun says:

      thank you, Pirate – i appreciate not only your thoughts but your great efforts with Ligo Haibun. a great place to learn and share ♥


  2. brucethomasw says:

    And to think of it – the wolves aren’t even the bad guys in this world. I most certainly love the Carlin quote. With his catholic backgound and his wise and wary irrerverence, it’s an appropriate context indeed.

    Thanks for this post.and the haiku, aw well as explaining how it was inspired from this ongoing shame and injustice within the catholic church, especially with the hiearchy (sp) but also with the silent majority of laity as well.


    • Sun says:

      wolves through history, starting with Little Red Riding Hood, get the evil tag yet really are beautiful creatures in the wild. i must thank you, Bruce, for your feedback – always a wonderful moment. i guess it really is a two-way problem with the church leaders and laity. sad.
      cheers to a new day. ☺


  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    A beautiful, personal touch all the way through your haibun. And the balance between the spirit of the first part and the second. The question, the thoughts… Like looking through a window at your family and thinking about mine. So vivid, Sun.


    • Sun says:

      your note here – detailed and so wonderful to read, Ese. i know how busy you must be with your epic blog so really, thank you. ♥


  4. rommel says:

    Thanks for letting us in to one of your family moments that we can all relate to. You definitely injected family memory needle into my brain. 😀


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