8th Day of Christmas Haiku, Eight Maids a-Milking
Hay on the shed’s floor,
Steamy, barny-odour milk.
Last star shies away.
Happy New Year 2019!
La Multi Ani!
Gelukkige nuwe jaar!
Bliadhna mhath ur!
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit!
Today Christianity celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
In older versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the maids a-milking were hares a-running and even hounds a-running or boys a-singing.
The eight maids a-milking might simply represent the goodness of the dairy products, so sought after during the Middle Ages when refrigeration was not an option.
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Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.
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