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.
* If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dversepoets
* Read and comment on other poets’ work–we all come here to have our poems read.
* Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
Hello! I can’t believe it’s August 1, can you? Would you like something to eat or drink? Our virtual pub has everything. I invite you to sit down and gaze up our lovely ceiling, or outside at the sky while I get your order.
I can’t wait to read what you’ve seen!
Hello Merril and All! Happy August 1. Thank you for hosting and subbing for Frank. Late to the party but here. If you’re pouring tonight, Merril, I’ll take one pint of Magners.
Here you go, Lisa! Cheers!
Thank you and Cheers!
Rob Kistner said:
What an absolutely wonderful prompt Merril! Thank you for hosting, and for igniting a beloved memory, of the time I was still able to hike. I used to trek to the stars. Oh, I thought, if I could only go again, just once more. So I did, in verse.
Oh, that’s so wonderful, Rob. I’m so pleased my prompt igniting a beloved memory! 💙
Thank you for the prompt! Here’s mine! https://cognacproject.wordpress.com/2022/08/02/first-kiss/
M Jay Dixit said:
Hello, Merril, thanks for hosting! I’ve written a personal piece about the worst time of my life. Thank you for the prompt it really helped me write.
Hi Jay. I’m so pleased that the prompt helped you to write about that horrible, difficult experience. 💙
I like the prompt to look up Merril, something I need to do more of.
Thank you, Paul! I’m so pleased you like the prompt, and I’m glad it’s a reminder to you. 🙂