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Hi! This is Toni from Kanzensakura (https://kanzensakura.wordpress.com/) It has been awhile since I have done a Haibun Prompt due to being on hiatus. Wow! It is good to be back among you! I am offering a brief review of haibun today.

Today is Free For All – meaning, you can choose your subject for the haibun. However there are still some rules: The haibun must be one to three tight paragraphs (2) Ended with a haiku (containing kigo and kireji words – season and cutting words) (3) Must be true (4) Must have actually happened to you.

To inspire you, below is a post from Basho’s Oku no Hosomichi or,The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This is the first use of the haibun (hai – haiku
bun – prose). Let this be your inspiration. You will note there are two haiku in this selection. Some of the haibun in the Road are simply a travelogue with no haiku, some are simple paragraph with one haiku, and others are longer and broken with several haiku. You will also note the count as 5-7-5 and the use of season words in the haiku – making them classic haiku and not the lean or modern style. Please use the classic form for this instead of the lean or modern format. The haibun follows:

“The Pine of Takekuma is truly an amazing sight. The trunk forks into two just above the ground, confirming that this is just how the old tree must have looked. I thought immediately of the priest Nōin. Long ago, a nobleman, newly appointed to serve as Governor of Mutsu, had felled the tree and used the wood as pilings for a bridge over the Natori River. Nōin wrote in a poem, ‘No trace is left now of the pine’. I was told that, generation after generation, the pine had been felled, yet a new one replanted. After perhaps a thousand years, the present pine is still quite perfect in shape.

When I had started my journey, Kyohaku had given me a poem as a farewell present:
late cherry blossoms …
let my master see the pine
at Takekuma

I now wrote in reply:
since the cherries bloomed
I’ve longed to see the twin pine …
three long months have passed”

As a further comment on this, years ago I took a trip to Japan (along with several other trips) which was to follow the route of Basho’s trip. I can assure you, the pine at Takekuma is still there.

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