Hello.  Welcome to Haibun Monday.  It is getting to be the kind of weather when I drive with my windows down and the CD player cranked up, with me singing at the top of my lungs along with the CD.  It used to be the radio and then tape player…now it is the CD player.

How many of you also crank up your sound system to sing along with a favorite song?  I know I do.  I have actually, when not able to sleep (which is often) take myself out for a drive at night, similar to how parents will take a fractious baby or toddler out for a ride!  I will be restless and reading or writing doesn’t calm me.  I head out for my car and plug in my favorite homemade CD with all my favorite songs on it.  I wait until I hit the interstate and then crank up the player full tilt and cruise along the dark highway at about 80 to 90 mph, singing at the top of my lungs.

My top playlist includes Born to Run, I Will Survive, Bad to the Bone, It’s the End of the World as We Know It, Dancin’ in the Street….just to name a few.  Have any of you ever done that?  Or taken a road trip with friends or by yourself?  Ever had another motorist look over at you in consternation or better yet, give you a thumbs up?  Played sad songs and cried, played defiant songs, played dancin’ in the car songs?

Today, I’d like you to write about singing along with your music and driving.  Off on a trip, off on vacation, soothing yourself and just driving at night, driving out your anger or your grief, shared a few songs with a friend?

Let’s keep the haibun classic (please, no poems or “westernized” writings) with one paragraph and a haiku – not a senryu, or three line micropoem, or American sentence.  I want us to keep this clean and classic.  Also if you like, print out the lyrics to your favorite song or embed a video as well so we can sing along with you, cry with you, laugh with you, take this job and shove it with you.

How to play:

  • One paragraph, one haiku. If you need a review on writing haiku, please go to this link: https://dversepoets.com/2015/11/16/japanese-poetry-forms-twins/
  • If you are multitasking writing to several prompts, please remember this is a haibun prompt and write accordingly.
  • Link your haibun to Mr. Linky and also to this prompt so others can find their way here.
  • Read and comment on other’s haibun. Remember, this prompt is good through the week so you are not late if you don’t immediately post.
  • Check back for new entries during the week to read and enjoy.
  • Have lots and lots of fun with this.