Lillian here. Delighted to inaugurate dVerse’s participation in the new year, 2021!
Did you celebrate as the clock neared midnight on December 31st? . Many times in years past I would watch on television as the image went from country to country, continent to continent, showing the New Year literally exploding before my eyes. I recall in my youth, trying so hard to stay up till midnight and if I did, donning my warm winter coat, hat and mittens, and stepping outside in the frigid air with one of my mother’s pots in one hand and a stainless steel spoon in the other, and then banging that pot for all I was worth, screaming out to no one, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I also remember one year when I was home from college, lying on our pull-out couch hide-away-bed in our den, sick with the flu, watching the tv station my mother had set for me before she and my dad left for their New Year’s Eve party with her “Girls’ Club”. In those days, there was no remote control. This year, my husband of fifty years and I watched a movie on Netflix, sipped a glass of champagne, and went to bed before 11 PM. But oh how glad we were to wake up in the morning to 2021! In this age of Covid, the idea of a new beginning is so tantalizing, so full of relief and hope. My wish for all my dVerse friends, is that 2021 proves a healthy, happy, and joyful year for you and yours.
So the prompt for today’s haibun, follows the theme of a New Year. Please write about some new beginning you’ve experienced in your lifetime. It could be a new job; your wedding; birth of a child or grandchild; a move; rejuvenatement (never say retirement); planting a new garden or the first blooms in your garden; tasting a new food; experiencing a new culture. Anything along the lines of a new beginning that you’ve experienced.
And I’m asking for a CLASSIC HAIBUN that includes a TRADITIONAL HAIKU.
HERES’ WHAT I MEAN BY THAT:
- A haibun includes 1 to 3 prose paragraphs that must be a true accounting, not fiction,
followed by a traditional haiku which MUST
- be nature based
be three lines (5 – 7 – 5 syllables OR short-long-short)
- have a direct or subtle relationship to your prose paragraphs: enrich the prose without condensing or summarizing it
- include a KIGO (word or phrase associated with a particular season). See suggestions below in section on the SAIJIKI
- (trickiest part for me) although only 3 lines in length, it must have two parts including a shift, an added insight. Japanese poets include a KIREJI (cutting word). BUT there’s no linguistic equivalent in the English language therefore punctuation creates the cut: we can use a dash, comma, an ellipsis, an exclamation point. Someimes it’s simply felt in the pacing or reading.
Japanes poets often use a SAIJIKI – a book like a dictionary or almanac to find their KIGO. The book is divided into the 4 seasons. It includes categories within each season: earth, humanity, observances, animals, and plants. I found this VERY HELPFUL. Here’s some examples:
SPRING KIGO: Under Earth, warm (weather changes from cold to warm; water becomes warm); spring mist and spring haze. Under Animals: frogs (noted for singing); skylarks (in flight); swallows, and twittering (singing of songbirds). Under Plants: blossoms, cherry-blossom viewing, wildflowers.
AUTUMN KIGO: full moon. Under Humanity: scarecrow. Observances: grave visiting. Animals: crickets. Plants: apples, persimmons, colored leaves.
WINTER KIGO: Humanity: snow viewing, first snow, ice. Plants: fallen and dried leaves. New Year: first laughter.
In other words, you may or may not actually use the words summer, spring, winter, or autumn.
EXAMPLES OF HAIKU WITH a KIGO and a KIREJI (added insight after a cut):
the crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun
a leafless tree
by Natsumer Soseki
fresh snow on the mat –
the shape of welcome
by Michael Dylan Welch
too dark to read the page,
by Jack Kerouac
New to dVerse or need a reminder of what to do?
- Write 1 to 3 paragraphs of prose. They must be a true accounting; not fiction.
- Follow your prose with a TRADITIONAL HAIKU. See discussion above regarding kigo, kireji, number of lines and syllabic requirements.
- Post your haibun to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
- REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your haibun that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
- If there is no Tag or link back to dVerse, I will gently remind you to add it or remove your post from Mr. Linky. Sorry to be so harsh…..but this is just part of the requirements AND it will bring you more readers and lead more folks to dVerse so they can participate as well!
- REMEMBER: We are beginning the year with a haibun that includes a TRADITIONAL HAIKU
Welcome to the new year at dVerse!
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Boston and I’m excited to read about your new beginnings! Most of you know I tend to be a very positive person….so of course, I wrote about hope in the new year….and please, don’t anyone rain on my parade! 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all… it feels strange to start writing now. I will probably be a bit absent for the month to come since I will be busy clearing out the mess my mother left behind.
Not to worry, Bjorn. You have done more than your share at the pub….take your time and the door will always be open! 🙂
Bjorn, the house is sold, so either knock off a few dollars to the price and let the new owners deal with the mess, or offer a charitable organization the opportunity to empty it out for you. Sounds very stressful driving back and forth that whole way for a month in winter time!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
There is too much left still that we need to take care of… the problem is that it needs to be sifted through.. but we will do it.
We did that after my mother died. It’s so hard, that sifting. So many things that were obviously important to her but that my children and I didn’t feel attached to…just so hard. I will be thinking of you.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Not just hers, but my grandparents as well…
I’ll be thinking of you, too. It is both physically and emotionally taxing to do this.
Ah such a challenging time Bjorn. When my grandparents passed, my mother wanted to inspect each and every item, and have a garage sale. Her sister my Aunt, just wanted to get a dumpster…
Good evening all! Not such a happy new year in the UK – we’ve all been put back into lockdown and I’m shielding again. I shall be walking round the football pitch once a day, as I did from march until August, and my husband started furlough today – he may even lose his job. I tried to stay upbeat in my haibun, so I got in my Dr Who TARDIS and went back in time. 🙂
Oh Kim….I am so sorry to hear of these tough times for you and your husband. This virus just kicks the sh-t out of people and countries and everything. Come on vaccine!!! My cousin says she works very hard to live in the present. Me to….
Let us hope this vaccine hits the trail and gets into people’s arms very soon.
HUGS from Boston!
Thank you, Lill, especially for the much-needed virtual hug. 🙂
Kim, sorry to hear the covid it wreaking havoc with your world. How close are you and your hub to being able to get the vaccine?
Hopefully by mid February, Lisa.
Hello Lillian and All. Glad to be back and thanks for a prompt that got me thinking about something that had been tucked away for a bit. Nothing special happened on this past New Years Eve. Winter is finally here even without much snow accumulation. Am sipping coffee and heading out for errands. Be back in a bit to read.
mmmmm coffee or tea sounds good. May have to get me some! Glad to see you here and the door is always open or the key is hidden under the flower pot to the right of the door. So just drop in when you’re done with errands.
Always glad to give a prompt that gets folks thinking and pondering….:)
Thank you for the warm welcome, Lillian ❤
Hello and Happy New Year to all! It’s good to be back with a very appropriate prompt of New Beginnings. Thank you, Lillian. I hope that everyone is safe and well.
Nice to see you here, Ingrid! Happy 2021!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Dear Poets- Lillian, thank you for hosting today with a wonderful start to the New Year. I hope everyone is doing well.
Good to see you here, Linda. And also good to know you are staring 2021 feeling well! 🙂 Hugs from Boston.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Thank you Lillian. Hugs back to you!
Happy New Year, Lillian and All. I’ll post mine in a minute. I had a hard time with this–so many things are new–but Lillian, I did not write about the pandemic or anything that will dampen your spirits. 😀
Ah Merrill….you are too sweet!
Happy new year!!!! 🙂
Happy New Year to all. This year has been extremely difficult for our family, losing my stepson, resigning from my job with young children to keep us all safe and of course the isolation of it all. However, life moves on and we must find ways to cope and heal. Thanks for hosting Lil. I will be back later with my haibun.
My heart goes out to you. This has been a difficult year for so many. Life moves on but the pain can linger, that’s for sure. Sending virtual hugs your way.
Happy New Year, everybody. I sat to write just as the news of the new lockdown came through. I’m trying to be positive, but it’s hard. So many exciting new things have been knocked down over the last few months. Please don’t be too cross – I’ve tried to be upbeat!
Oh Sarah……not to worry. I think I should delete my comment about not raining on my parade. I think the most important thing in this space is that it is a place where people can express their feelings without fear of judgement. It is truly hard to be positive with everything happening in the world…..I just hope people can see a bit of light at the end of this long long tunnel this virus has created. Sending virtual hugs your way!
TO EVERYONE: I take back my statement about not raining on my parade!
EVERYONE: always remember, this pub is a place where everyone can express their feelings without fear of judgement. It has been an incredibly difficult year for so many….and UK goes under lockdown again and the US is still dealing with Trump’s irrational behavior…..so let it all rip in any type of new beginnings you might wish to speak about. Sometimes new beginnings are hard or caused by a tragedy. Feel free to write about how those words “new beginnings” strike you.
Virtual hugs to all my dVerse pals….and alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks have little umbrellas in them for today and tomorrow!
Oh THANK GOD the Pub’s open again, FINALLY! I’ll be posting shortly; need one or two more revisions, I think…
Thanks for the prompt, Lillian; I hope I’m adequate.
ah Ron…you are always more than adequate! Happy New Year to you! And oh yes….I am also DELIGHTED the pub is back open.
Beverly Crawford said:
I had not realized how many hours are filled with my visits here until the holiday hiatus! I missed everyone, and quiet evenings reading how each of us puts our spin on the challenge. We are also under renewed restrictions. Having just moved to a new community and not being able to socialize and get acquainted with new neighbors has been a challenge. May 2021 being good things for us all!
So glad to see you here, Beverly. dVerse is truly a special place…no doubt about it!
2021 is still bringing its challenges…..but I truly believe the vaccine is hope personified. May it be so.
Beverly I tried twice to leave a comment on your offering. Beautiful and wise ❤
hmmmm….don’t know why the comment wouldn’t register. But thank you! Glad you liked it!
Lillian, the comment was at Beverly’s blog on blogspot which sometimes doesn’t like to play nice with WP.
Happy New Year Lillian and the community at dverse! Probably won’t be doing a haibun, so I’ll see you all tomorrow but did want to drop in welcome everyone to the new year, also happily known as “not the old year.”
Good to see you here and happy new year to you as well!
It is well past darkness in Boston and we are about to have dinner and relax a bit. I shall leave the key to the pub under the flower pot to the right of the door. Please do come in and leave us a post about how you relate to the words “a new beginning.” I shall return in the morning, fresh hot coffee in hand, and enjoy my reading.
PS: help yourself to libations…the only tip I ask is a haibun in return 🙂
Happy New Year all! Thank you for kicking us off here in 2021 Lillian. May this nightmare we are enduring end this year!
Glad t see you here and oh yes….let 2021 be so so much better than 2020!
Myrna Migala said:
Where is my ping? My post is here —> https://myforever.blog/2021/01/04/dverse-is-back/
Happy New Year, we all have a new page.
Not quite sure what you mean Myrna by “where is my ping?” Your poem is definitely linked on Mr Linky. When it does that….you don’t need to also refer to it in the chat here. Glad to see you here in any fashion though….and yes, happy 2021!
Tricia Sankey said:
Happy New Year to all! This was my first time writing a haibun, go easy on me! LOL Thanks for all the pointers Lillian, is was so interesting to learn this new form! Cheers to new beginnings 🙂
Hi Tricia and happy 2021! Not to worry…..I just enjoy reading everyone’s responses. It is an amazing thing about dVerse though….that we have so many diverse prompts. Over the 5+ years I’ve participated, I’ve learned about so many new forms and poetic terms etc. I am sometimes very challenged by a form and it take all my patience and application of wits to doing it…but I do find it fun. I’m not in any way a “professional” poet or even what I would say is an accomplished poet…but I do enjoy writing. All that to say, I’m glad you wrote a haibun and that it’s your first time to do so…hopefully, one of many!!! 🙂
ben Alexander said:
Happy New Year, Everyone.
Happy New Year to you as well! 🙂
Ali Grimshaw said:
Happy New Year to everyone. I don’t know that I will get to writing but I will get out to read what others have shared.
Wishing you all happy memories and dreams for the future as we continue to navigate all that is going on in the world.
Good to see you here, Ali. The prompt is open for quite a while so if the muse moves you, do come back and post.
Happy New Year to you!
Ali Grimshaw said:
I will do my best. I like that the prompts stay open longer than they used to.
Roslyn Ross said:
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope the Christmas Season brought peace, love and joy. I hope to have more time for poetry this year beyond my regular reading of DVerse.
So very nice to see you here, Roslyn. My Christmas season is always extended until February 1st. I find the lighted and decorated tree (artificial but looks real) and candles bring a lightness to my mood in these winter months. I never tire of lighting the tree first thing in the morning and it stays lit all day. 🙂 Do hope you’ll drop by often and post too. The more the merrier at dVerse!
Thank you Lillian for the prompt. I’m not a fan of haibun but they often come out ok. Has anyone heard from Toni? She always kept me in check with the Japanese forms especially. Let me have a Smokey scotch straight up while I read y’all
Ooooh….I see that you popped in at 11 PM last night. Hope you found the key under the flower pot to the right of the door and then helped yourself to a Smokey scotch straight up! I always operate on the honor system and hope folks will help themselves to libations and just remember to leave a tip in the form of a post! I’ll be on to reading in just a few moments, with coffee mug nearby. Glad to see you today….and happy new year!
PS: I’ve not seen Toni at dVerse for quite a while. She lost her husband last year and I know was struggling with that. I always thought of her as the true queen of haibun. Her haibuns were always incredibly beautiful. How I would love it if she’d stop in to the pub more often in 2021!
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi Lillian, thanks for hosting and a happy new year to you and all the members of the pub :)) I’ve submitted my haibun, I wrote it today just after waking up in the morning!
And a happy new year to you as well! I’m just back to the pub this morning….after doing my yoga and treadmill. Coffee mug near by….so ready to read lots of new beginnings!
Hello dVerse folks! My coffee mug is near by and I’m back at the pub. Will be catching up with my reading now….lots more posts which means I’ll be beginning to read lots more times this morning. Welcome everyone!
Super late, but thank you for such a lovely start Lillian.