Today it’s haibun Monday again, with me Björn hostin. As you might have understood I love to walk, to see a path before me, and just feel my feet moving me forward. This weekend I have walked both my mother and my mother in law, and for them walking is now a strenuous effort they can only do with the support of a walker frame. Yet when spring has finally arrived (and is more like an early arrival of summer) it’s easy to see how much walking does for them.
Today I want you to write a compact (not more than three paragraphs) haibun inspired by the concept of walking. It could be a pilgrimage, it can be an exercise or just for the purpose of thinking, or finding yourself a visitor to nature. I have included a few quotes to inspire you, but if you prefer to not use them, that’s alright too.
It would be fun if you could include a photo from one of your recent walks as well.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
― John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir
“Home is everything you can walk to.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”
― Gwyn Thomas
“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”
― Bruce Chatwin, What Am I Doing Here?
So I want you to write your new haibun on this theme, link up below, and have fun reading what your poetic friends have written. Please link back to the dVerse site.