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Look Up!

Look Up at Tintern by Pam Brophy is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Hello, dVerse poets! It’s Merril, and today I’m hosting Haibun Monday. If you’re not familiar with the form, it combines prose and haiku. As Frank J. Tassone, dVerse’s usual Haibun Monday host, writes:

“The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.”

Have you looked up recently? Perhaps you’ve noticed the sun rising later (or earlier). Perhaps you’ve gazed up at constellations, as Robert Frost did. There’s a lovely reading of his “On Looking up By Chance at the Constellations” here. It’s by Alexandra Horowitz, a scientist who studies dog cognition and who imagines a dog walked by Frost.

Or maybe you’ve look up imagining that you “wandered lonely as cloud” as William Wordsworth did.

Perhaps you’ve gazed at cathedral ceilings or at gargoyles high atop buildings, or at weathervanes, or saw an eagle, as I did a few times last week. Maybe you’ve looked at a chandelier, or noticed a ceiling tile that needs to be replaced.

Today I want you to write about a time you looked up and saw. . .something. If nothing comes to mind, then look up now. What do you see? Write a haibun about it. Simple, right?

If you are new, here’s how to join in:
* Write a haibun in response to the challenge.
*Enter a link directly to your haibun and your name by clicking Mr Linky below–and remember to check the little box to accept the use/privacy policy. You will find links to other poets and more will join, so check back later to read their haibun.
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