Hello All: Today we have a guest giving the prompt for us:
Xenia Tran lives with her husband and two adopted whippets in the Scottish Highlands. The natural beauty of the Highlands and her long-term involvement with animal rescue shelters are a constant inspiration. She runs two photography and poetry blogs, Whippet Wisdom, which features twp adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl, and Tranature – a place created in April of this year for her nature photography and musings. She holds a degree in French Studies, a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing. Her poems and writings have appeared in literary journals, magazines, websites and anthologies. She is currently preparing her first collection of poetry and images for publication
Hello dear fellow poets, my name is Xenia Tran and I am delighted to host Haibun Monday for you tonight.
The poetry of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) has been translated and interpreted, praised and dismissed by a variety of scholars both in Japan and abroad. David G Lanoue shows Issa’s work through the lens of Pure Land Buddhism, the sect to which Issa belonged. This sect advocates compassion and self-sacrifice for the sake of others, a theme which runs through many of Issa’s haiku.
for our sake
the winter rain …
These stone Buddhas endure the cold rain ‘for the sake of the people’. In an interesting twist, Issa feels sympathy for the Sympathiser, compassion for the Compassionate One. The Buddhas appear dejected and forlorn in the icy drizzle, but Issa stops to notice them and by writing his poems, makes the reader notice too.
from the tip
of the field Buddha’s nose …
The icicle dangling from the tip of Buddha’s nose raises a chuckle, but the compassion of Buddha for the world and Issa for the Buddha should not be missed, or else one misses the poem’s deeper resonance.
(Haiku and Comment Source: David G Lanoue, ‘Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa’)
For tonight’s haibun, please show us or allude in your writing to compassion or self-sacrifice without using these actual words. For those of you who are not familiar with the form, haibun consists of one or two short paragraphs of prose inspired by a real experience, resonant with a sense of place and nature’s moods, followed by a haiku. Keep you prose paragraph brief (150 words maximum) and your language simple. Please include the natural world and reference to a season in your haiku.
If you are new to dVerse, please write and post your haibun on your own blog or web page. Copy the URL of your published post to Mr Linky below and swing by your fellow poets to read and comment. The link will stay open all week, so feel free to take your time.
Good evening everyone and a warm welcome from the Scottish Highlands for this Haibun Monday! The bar is open – we have green macha, almond milk and smoothies and a variety of wine and beers. Please feel free to drop in and I look forward to reading your wonderful words! :o)
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello Xenia, so nice to have you hosting… so many ways to use the prompt. I would like to have some sparkling water please… we have a touch of early summer here in Stockholm
Welcome Bjorn, one sparkling water coming up! :o)
Frank Hubeny said:
Thank you for hosting, Xenia! Great prompt. It is good to keep compassion on one’s mind.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
It is … compassion is hard to leave behind I think.
Thank you Frank, your haibun is beautiful! :o)
HI Xenia! It’s a pleasure to welcome you as a host. I love your prompt and the photograph – how do you get close-ups of birds? They always fly away when I try to get a shot! I’d love a mango-based smoothie, if you have one, please.
Hello Kim and welcome! One mango-based smoothie coming up! This bird was in our garden and they are used to me/the paparazzi. If you don’t look at birds directly they feel safer and you will hopefully be able to get closer :o) xxx
Thanks Xenia, I’ll keep that in mind the next time I see the jay that visits our garden. 🙂
The photo is amazing!!
Thank you Annell and welcome to the bar! :o)
What a lovely prompt Xenia. It is so good to see you hosting here. Your love and compassion for your world always come through your words and of course, through Eivor and Pearl. The haiku for your haibun is exceptional. I do not know If I will have time to read through all the posted haibun so I don’t like to post in that case. But your prompt is so very you and perfectly lovely.
Thank you so much for your kind words Toni and so lovely to see you here. Feel free to post even if you cannot read all the contributions. The prompt stays open all week and I will be swinging by every day :o) xxx
Beautiful Bird photo. Love the prompt.
Thank you Dwight and welcome to the bar! :o) xxx
What a lovely prompt! Far too little compassion to go round these days. I will certainly take part, although I might not get around to it until Wednesday, but the haibun prompt is up all week, so I will read and post for sure.
Thank you Marina, feel free to take your time. I will swing by to read every day :o) xxx
Thank you kindly ZQ! :o)
Maureen Sudlow said:
my response is short – but it comes from my horror at what is happening in the world. Thank you for your beautiful introduction
Thank you so much for contributing Maureen, I will swing by in a moment to read xxx
Confusion is a matter of choice. By making up a number of ways to see things, on gives the impression one is an expert interpreting, and that one can help others on the way understanding. Much better it is to give something to rely on, and authorize people to make a choice of agreeing or not.
Yes, confusion will always be a matter of choice
A challenging but meaningful prompt Xenia. It was interesting to learn more about Issa and the interpretation of the haiku you highlighted.
Thank you Janice and lovely to see you here – so glad you enjoy the prompt :o) xxx
In case any of you are interested, Sherry Marr has done a profile of me and a few of my poems on Poets United.
What a beautiful prompt Xenia. It really touched me.
Thank you Suzanne, so lovely to see you here :o) xxx
paul scribbles said:
What a beautiful prompt Zenia. I am currently coming out of a four day medicine music retreat and am ‘under the blanket’ where all that unfolds finds a safe place to land within.I have been unplugged for 6 days and so this will offer a gentle re-entry. I’ll get to posting sometime today.
Thank you Paul and lovely to see you here – your retreat sounds wonderful and I look forward to reading your haibun 🤗
This is such a beautiful and moving theme for Haibun Xenia! Thank you for hosting and sharing with us with your lovely photo and examples of haiku.
Thank you so much for your kind words Grace and I have been deeply moved by the haibun that have been linked up so far. Thinking of you and sending you much love from the Highlands 💜 xxx
Charmed Chaos said:
Marvelous prompt. Thank you for hosting!
Thank you Linda and it is a pleasure! I love your contribution, the photograph is gorgeous too. Thank you so much for joining us :o)
So so so late to the party. Apologies, Xenia. And now I’m about to open Poetics for today, hosting it….so I think my haibun must come on Thursday! Apologies. It is really a wonderful prompt. We’re in Washington DC for the month of May and have been out and about every day….there is so much to see here for free — all of the Smithsonian venues. This morning we went to the National Archives and saw the original Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the National Portrait Gallery. Went there especially to see the new portraits of the Obamas and they did not disappoint! All this to say….I shall get my haibun written later this week…have been catching up on reading from last Thursday too!
So lovely to see you here Lillian, Washington DC sounds like a wonderful place to explore! The prompt is open all week and please feel free to take your time – I will swing by to read when you are ready ☺💖 xxx
Thank you for hosting Xenia with this lovely prompt. I see I’m not the only one late to this party. 🙂
Thank you Merrill, so lovely to see you here and your haibun is wonderful! 🤗
Thank you very much!
Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thank you, Xenia, for a wonderful prompt. Great to see you guest pubtending! I rolled out an older one because it fits! 🙂
Thank you Frank, so lovely to see you here! I remember your haibun from last year and you are right, it is a perfect fit. Thank you for sharing it with us in the bar – it is a wonderful, multi-layered haibun in the true spirit of compassion 💜