This Haibun Monday we have a visual prompt!
I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, your host this week. As some of you may remember, I enjoy ironing while listening to BBC Radio 4 stories, plays, discussions, nature walks, pretty much anything except politics.
A couple of Sundays ago, I switched on the digital radio, set up the ironing board and started to sort the laundry, when I was distracted for fifteen minutes by an interesting programme, the third in a repeated series that was originally broadcast by Radio 3: a radiophonic art exhibition, in which thirty of the world’s most creative minds choose a favourite work from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In the episode that interrupted my ironing, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran shared his feelings about Piet Mondrian’s ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’, the image above. The podcast of this programme is still available on BBC Sounds. Here’s a link, but please refrain from listening to it until you’ve written your haibun: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009ddk.
For this challenge, I ask you to study the image carefully and write about what or how it makes you feel. Does it remind you of Broadway in New York, or another Broadway in a different town or city? Or does it make you think of something else?
Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.
If you are new, here’s how to join in:
- Write a haibun in response to the challenge.
- Remember to include a link back to the dVerse Poets Pub from your blog.
- You will find links to other poets and more will join so check back later to read their haibun.
- Read and comment on other poets’ work – we all come here to have our poems read.
- Comment and participate in our discussion below, if you like. We are a friendly bunch of poets.
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Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good evening… I wrote what I saw first… will not tell you here… but I have to listen to the bbc documentary…
It’s only about 15 minutes, but it’s the best in the series.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I realized why I recognized the Stijl… the Rietveld chair…. there is something so close to that and the painting-
Good evening dVerse Poets! The bar is open and I’m here to serve you drinks and snacks in return for a few paragraphs of prose and a classical haiku. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of this visual prompt.
Hello Bjorn, Kim and all dVerse folks! Grey day here.
Just back from our daily walk. Reporting that one mama goose we’ve been watching for close to a month, evidently was not too keen on our loyalty and must have hatched her eggs, and led her little ones into the Charles River after we saw her yesterday, and before our walk today. A second mama goose is still patiently sitting on her nest with the papa guarding her nearby. Maybe tomorrow we will see some little ones!
Will listen to the BBC recording now. My post is already up. Will then read posts.
I’m sorry about your grey day, Lilll. We’ve been lucky with the weather here. I’ve been following your mama adventures and saw that she’d hatched her eggs and left with her goslings. I’m glad there’s another one. I’m just about to read your haibun now!
Just listened to the podcast. FASCINATING! Don’t want to say too much as others may read this before writing and posting. I can totally see where he gets his interpretation!
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lill!
It’s quiet this evening. I’ll be around for another half an hour and then I’ll be getting ready for bed. If I don’t comment immediately, I haven’t forgotten you and will be back in the morning to read and comment.
Hello Kim and All. My kids came over today, the first time at the house since mid-March. We sat outside in the bag chairs in the warm breeze and watched the critters. My younger son threw a Combo to a chipmunk, who promptly stuffed it in their cheek pocket. I may write a poem later for the very interesting image (my first thought was Pac Man) or may skip writing and just read the offerings.
That’s brilliant, Lisa, to see your family for the first time since March! You have chipmunks in your back yard! I’ve never seen one in real life. Pac Man is an interesting interpretation. I look forward to reading your poem – don’t forget you have all week to post and link up.
Kim, I’ve seen them a few times, but where we met up and walked, but to have them here at the house was almost normal.
Since 13th March, I have only seen Ellen and Lucas on video chat . I can’t wait for some hugs and cuddles!
Kim, that has to be so very difficult. Some things have happened with my kids over this time where I really wanted to be there for them. It is an ache/frustration to keep the distancing going.
Lockdown is being eased here now, so my husband has promised, as o on as it’s allowed, to drive me the 200+ miles to visit Ellen and Lucas. 😊
Gillena Cox said:
What an amazing prompt! Thanks Kim. Happy Monday night every one
Lovely to see you at the Poets Pub, Gillena! I’ll be over to read and comment shortly.
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Kim. I didn’t listen to the commentary. What I wrote was just what came to mind from looking at the painting.
That;s the best way to do it, Frank.
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Thanks Kim…I could only think of the lights on Broadway right now. (K)
I’m looking forward to whatever you write, Kerfe.
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Ali Grimshaw said:
This was a new kind of prompt for me. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the invite to write. Take care.
Thank you, Ali. I enjoy visual prompts every now and then.
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My husband and I were just talking about Mondrian two days ago! I love serendipities.
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Hi, Kim and fellow dVerse poets. An interesting image which reminded me of… 🙂 It’s in my haibun. Thank you for hosting and musing my mind!
I’ve been up a while and am now ready to read and comment again. I’m on my way!
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Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Happy Tuesday all- I totally spaced that yesterday was Monday! Kim, Thank you for a wonderful and different prompt. I am working on something now, I hope everyone is doing well!
Happy Tuesday, Linda! Yesterday was a bank holiday here, so my husband was at home, which was nice, but back at work again today. I’ll be over to read and comment shortly.
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Hello Kim! I took a deep dive on this prompt. Now I’m done and realized my haiku did not have any mention of a season or even nature. Sigh. I’ll take a Manhattan and just toast the other wonderful replies to your prompt.
Hi! Not a problem. Thank you for joining us. I’ll be over to read and comment in a while.