Welcome to the Poets Pub. I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, your host for Haibun Monday this week.
One of my all-time favourite poets and writers is Dylan Thomas, the notorious Welsh poet who died in New York on 9th November 1953. I fell in love (or in awe) with his play for radio, ‘Under Milk Wood’, when I studied it for my ‘A’-levels, and not only listened to it many times but also saw it performed by an all-Welsh cast, and went on to teach it myself – we had such fun with that one.
Among his many awesome poems, I recently stumbled across one I haven’t read in ages, which reminded me of the sense of wonder of which all human beings are capable, but many just lose in the humdrum of life.
Being But Men
Being but men, we walked into the trees
Afraid, letting our syllables be soft
For fear of waking the rooks,
For fear of coming
Noiselessly into a world of wings and cries.
If we were children we might climb,
Catch the rooks sleeping, and break no twig,
And, after the soft ascent,
Thrust out our heads above the branches
To wonder at the unfailing stars.
Out of confusion, as the way is,
And the wonder, that man knows,
Out of the chaos would come bliss.
That, then, is loveliness, we said,
Children in wonder watching the stars,
Is the aim and the end.
Being but men, we walked into the trees.
This week, I would like you to write about a time when you last watched stars, a storm, the sea, an animal, or something else in nature that left you with a sense of wonder or awe. Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.
Here’s a quick reminder that Open Link Night is live this Thursday 26th November – I look forward to seeing you there!
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:
Hello… I just happened to see the sunset from our kitchen window today… so that little wonder really worked for the prompt.
We had a stunning sunset too, Bjorn! Lots of pink and purple in the afterglow.
Hi, Kim and All! I almost used this Dylan Thomas poem for my last prosery prompt.
It’s a blustery day here.
Hello Merril! Dylan Thomas’ poetry is a source of inspiration. I love his short stories too.
Hello dVerse poets and welcome to Haibun Monday. I’m looking forward to reading about your moments of wonder. I also wonder what to offer as specials at the bar tonight. As it’s chilly, something warming, perhaps some mulled wine or cider. Either way, pull up a stool or a cosy chair and enjoy reading and commenting.
An interesting prompt Kim. Perhaps we are too far removed and too imbedded in city lights lights to remember to look up! We walk into buildings!!
I’m fortunate to live in the countryside and rarely visit the city. Our nearest city, Norwich, is cosy and small compared to London, where I’m from. I love it. It even has cobbled streets. It has featured in quite a few movies, because it’s so quaint.
That is great! You can see the stars on every clear night!
Hello Kim and All. I like the poem and it may be the first poem by him I’ve read, despite having heard Dylan Thomas’ name many times. Getting a late start today — fell asleep in the chair in the sunshine! Looking forward to reading wondrous moments on the trail. Drinking “True Lemon” raspberry lemonade this afternoon so all set on a drink.
Hey Lisa! I’m glad you like the poem and hope you get to read more of his poetry, his stories and the play for voices, which is amazing. You have sunshine – and you fell asleep in it! It’s too cold here to fall asleep in the sunshine. I’ve never heard of ‘True Lemon’ raspberry lemonade, but I’ll rummage around behind the bar, where I’m sure I’ll find some.
Yes it was a rare treat to have sun shining on me inside today and was already cozied under my afghan on the couch, so… True Lemon is a low cal powder that comes in one-serving packets. I’ve gotten into the habit of pouring leftover tea from the night before in a sports bottle and adding one packet of that in for flavored tea the next day. Works out well. Thanks Kim. Cheers!
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Hi Kim, thanks for this great prompt and some fine poetry from Dylan Thomas for inspiration! It is getting very cold in Slovenia now, but we’ve had some wonderfully clear weather because of that. Plenty of wonderment to write about.
I imagine Slovenia gets plenty of snow in the winter. I’m so pleased you like the prompt and the poem.
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Lovely prompt, Kim. I do love a bit of Dylan Thomas. Thank you for that.
Thank you, Sarah. I’m so glad to see you at the bar this evening. I shall be reading Dylan Thomas over Christmas, I think. I love the short story ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’.
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Cool prompt, Kr; thanks. Gotta go read ’em ALL now. Have a great evening.
Thank you Ron. I might have to finish reading and commenting in the morning as it’s so cold in here I can barely feel my fingers. Please don’t think I’ve forgotten you.
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I have so missed the pub and the people this month 💝 Thank you for hosting us today, Kim 😀 looking forward to reading and commenting.
It’s lovely to see you back, Sanaa! How’s the new job going?
It’s hectic but I am enjoying the cold November days 😀
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Good evening. Have thought about how much more I connect with nature and her awe in these isolated alone times. So a very timely prompt.
Feels chilly tonight. Some mulled wine would fit perfectly! 🙂
I think many of us have reconnected with nature this year and she has helped us through difficult times. Mulled wine sounds like a good idea.
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three things have left me in awe this year and one has left me staring human mortality in he face. nature has shown me both her sides this autunm.
It’s been a strange year all round, I think. The pandemic has shown us the different sides of humans too.
Agreed for sure
Thank you for hosting Kim! I wrote about a person and a place. They both stir awe deep within my heart — to the point of tears.
I look forward to reading it, Rob!
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Hi Poets at dVerse. It has been awhile since I last posted. I have spent the last few nights gazing at a comet that was last seen 2000 years ago. I will call it serendipity and post my thoughts on it. I ended the haibun though with an American Sentence instead of a seasonal haiku.
I’m so pleased to see you back at the pub, Toni, and look forward to reading your haibun. I know how much you love star-gazing and writing haibun. 😉
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Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Ahh Dylan Thomas, one of my favorited too Kim. Thanks for sharing some of his work tonight ☺️
I’m so pleased you like him too!
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Jane Dougherty said:
I’m leaving Glenn’s comment here since I can’t leave it on his blog.
This is a menacing one. Seems very different to your usual style, Glenn. I like it. The implications are illusive, fearful, dig deep into our psyche.
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M Jay Dixit said:
Hello, Kim :)) and thanks for hosting. I loved revisiting the old places in search of “the sense of awe”, I’ve submitted my haibun I hope you’d like it.
Hello Jay! I’m glad you joined us for the haibun and that you enjoyed your search for awe. I’ll be over to read in a bit.
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Thank you Kim, and just after I wrote about running into the trees too. Here is a different offering from the very same day, and one that filled my senses.
You must be on a roll!
Ha, yes, it feels that way.
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I’m very late with my entry. Thanks for a great prompt Kim.
Don’t worry about being a bit late, Suzanne. The prompt is open until Sunday.
Sky D Sky said:
Well, I was thinking about how much I neglected my writing, blog and all friendships that I made among fellow writers and bloggers. I can’t remember when I opened WordPress Reader for the last time, so I did it and stumbled on this post at the top of it. I was so glad that I found a familiar and dear name here! I guess I’m late with my entry, but at least, this blog could be a good way for my return. Thanks Kim, I enjoyed reading this post.
I wondered where you’d got to! So glad you dropped by. Never too late!
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