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Haibun Monday—No Ko Me—Tree Buds

One of the most promising signs of a soon-to-be spring is the appearance of tiny buds on the trees. In Japanese the word pending is implied in the Kigo, No Ko Me--tree buds. The bud holds so much potential, the possibility of the tree becoming all that is was created to be.

Anticipation, hope, wonder, mystery are among many possible human responses to the appearance of buds on trees and how easy it is to find parallels in our own lives. As with most seasonal Kigos, there is a metaphoric richness contained within.

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Tree Buds in Winter

Today, I am asking you to reflect on No Ko Me and, using your own experience, write a Haibun consisting of 1-3 terse non-fictional paragraphs followed by a seasonal haiku.

Bjorn called my attention to an exquisite poem (not in a Japanese form) by Karin Boye titled “Yes of Course It Hurts.” I will share a couple of lines with you but, in respect of copyright laws, I suggest you take a moment to link HERE in order to read the entire poem. It is full of inspiration for today’s prompt.


Yes, of course it hurts when buds are breaking.
Why else would the springtime falter?
Why would all our ardent longing
bind itself in frozen, bitter pallor…?

To join in, write your Haibun and post it on your blog. Add the URL of your poem to Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post. Link your post back to dVerse and to your social network sites. Come back to the pub to read and comment on other poets.

This is Victoria for dVerse Poets delighted to be with you this week. Don’t forget, this prompt is open until Saturday, so join in when you can and don’t forget to visit latecomers. Have a wonderful week and may you be blessed with budding trees in the near future.