General Poetry posted March 6, 2021

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Haibun for the contest

Woven Lives

by Gypsy Blue Rose

After dinner and homework, I sit with Grandpa on the front porch. Brilliant stars sprinkled throughout an indigo sky. Ripe cornfield’s scent permeates the breezy summer night. Grandpa’s coarse, deep voice and his pipe’s chocolate tobacco smell are familiar. I breathe in this moment and realize I share it with a 170-year-old giant tortoise in Galápagos and a motherless seven year-old girl in Syria who wonders when life will stop hurting. From 250 miles above, NASA astronaut, Karen Nyberg, wonders what her toddler is doing; while an earthbound mom looks at the moon as she does dishes. I exhale and let go.

starry windy night
over endless greenfields —
the air that binds us



Haibun Poem contest entry



Prose: 104 words

HAIBUN is a short prose poem that ends with a haiku. Most haibun range from 100 to 300 words. A haibun is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition. click here for more information


Guidelines for Writing Haibun in English

Written both in present and in past tense Subject matter Autobiographical prose, travel journal, a slice of life, memory, dream short sketch of a person, place, event.

Traditional topics: life as a journey, love affairs, illness, human concerns & experiences.

Point of View Written in first person (everything seen through the author's eyes), third person (he/she), or first person plural (we).

Tone Consistent, sets a mood, often interrupted by the haiku Sensory Power Uses sensory images, concrete details, no abstractions

Focus One or two elements Language Uses language to suit the subject matter and mood (colloquial, formal, dialect)

Length Varies from very brief (1-2 sentences) with one haiku, to long prose entries with interspersed haiku, to memoir-length works Styles Haiku/prose Prose/haiku
Haiku/prose/haiku Prose/haiku/prose/haiku/prose/haiku etc.

Prose in Haibun Tells the story Gives information, defines the theme Creates a mood through tone Provides a background to spotlight the haiku

Haiku in Haibun Moves the story forward Takes the narrative in another direction Adds insight or another dimension to the prose Resolves the conflict in an unpredictable way, or questions the resolution of the prose.

The prose is the narrative and haiku is the revelation or the reaction.

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