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Welcome to the Poets Pub. I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, your host for this week’s Haibun Monday. Next Monday, it’s my birthday, and I have two of my favourite birthday songs to share. The first is by The Beatles:

I used to look forward to birthdays; I loved receiving birthday cards, which I collected in a scrapbook. I must have had family birthday celebrations when I was very small, because I have a photograph of me as a one-year-old with a birthday cake.img051 (2)

But I don’t remember ever having a birthday party to which my friends were invited, although sometimes I was invited to other children’s. When I was a teenager, I enjoyed going out for a meal with friends on my birthday. I went to other people’s birthday parties, but never had one of my one, not even a 21st.

You’ll find out about the best birthday I ever had in my haibun, and I’ll be off the radar next week as I’m spending my birthday with my daughter and grandson.  And, of course, it was the pub’s ninth birthday this year!

The second birthday song is by Altered Images:

For this challenge, I ask you to think about your own birthdays, ones from the past, one that is coming up, a memorable one, or one you are dreading. Whether it’s birthday cake and balloons, a quiet glass of wine on your own that turned into something memorable, or a complete disaster, I’d like you to share a birthday with us.

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.
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  • Read and comment on other poets’ work – we all come here to have our poems read.
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