Hi everyone! We have a guest host for Haibun Monday, Xenia Tran. Grace
Welcome to Haibun Monday, my name is Xenia Tran and I am delighted to be your guest-host today.
In haibun, prose and verse carry equal weight and combined, they offer us so much more.
As Paresh Tiwari so eloquently put it:
A good haibun plays with a delicate balance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The haiku when used right, links, shifts and leaps beyond the scope of the prose to enrich the reading experience. If the prose is a meandering path, the haiku are birdcalls. They guide the travellers, not by holding their hand but by telling them that there is more to be explored. The haiku often allow the reader a toe inside the door, or a window to be privy to a parallel scene unfolding in the street below without ever leaving the room. They offer a different vantage point, a new strain of thought.
– Open Journal of Arts and Letters, 18 March 2020
You can read Paresh Tiwari’s full Haibun Uncaged essay here.
September is drawing to a close and here in the Scottish Highlands, it is time for woolly jumpers, stacking the stove and enjoying the kind of hearty fare prepared from recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Cullen skink and stovies
a lunch-time line forms
in the rain
Xenia Tran, The Asahi Shimbun, 18 February 2022
Autumn here has just begun, and in haiku and senryu, Autumn can also refer to the autumn of our lives.
tying my shoes
lately the ground
seems so low
Bob Lucky, tinywords 12:1, November 2012
In the Southern hemisphere, September signals Spring, the days are getting longer and surround us with a very different kind of energy.
red berry tea
the birds just starting
Xenia Tran, Presence #73, July 2022
For today’s Haibun Monday, you are invited to create a haibun about September and a special moment you experienced during this month or are looking forward to.
The prose can be narrative, lyrical or terse and the ku can be either a three-line haiku or a monoku (haiku in a single line).
You can have alternating blocks of prose and verse, as long as the total word count does not exceed 250 words.
I wish you all happy writing and if you are new to dVerse, here’s what to do:
- Write a haibun about a special moment in September and post it on your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your work.
- Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
- Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
- Visit our virtual pub and say hello.
- Have fun!
About our guest host: Xenia Tran is a Dutch artist, poet and photographer who lives in the Scottish Highlands with her husband and forever foster whippet Misty. She was selected to Krzysztof Kokot’s European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2021 and her haiku, photo haiku and haiga have appeared on NHK World’s Haiku Masters, The Akita World Haiku Series, in video, print and online journals, anthologies, haiku calendars and two full-length collections. She blogs at https://tranature.com and https://whippetwisdom.com
Welcome to Haibun Monday everyone! We are serving Ardshealach Smoked Salmon with oat cakes or crusty bread tonight with GlenDronach Revival 15 year old whisky, a selection of wines, juices, teas and coffees and red berry muffins. I look forward to reading your haibun and seeing you along the trail.
Thank you for being our guest host. Such a delicious spread – I will have smoked salmon with bread and hot tea. This month of September feels so cold already.
Thank you dear Grace, it is a pleasure to guest-host this evening and one smoked salmon with bread and hot tea coming up xxx
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good evening, and thanks for guest hosting… today September feels like October… but we had plenty of warm days last week. Can I have some plum wine please? I
Good to see you here Björn, the temperature has dropped here too this week. One plum wine coming up!
Hi Xenia – what a great prompt, and how lovely to see you here! Would it be a crime to ask for a hot whisky?
Hi Sarah and lovely to see you here too! I will be happy to give you a hot whisky as it is quite a chilly night.
Good evening all and thank you for hosting with a September prompt, Xenia! I have to link and run this evening but will be back in the morning to read and comment. Have fun!
Thank you Kim and lovely to see you here too! Enjoy your evening and we’ll catch up in the morning.
Love the Haibun prompt on September songs. For me its a lovely time of the season as it is fall, but it speaks to a lingering sadness for me. I will be around to read and comment shortly.
Thank you kindly dear Grace, I love your beautiful contribution.
At https://janbeek.blog/ today I wrote several Elfchen to accompany photos. A Haibun is a Haiku preceded by prose that link the poem and prose together, right? I want to try my hand at it… and will put a link to dversepoets in the tags, right?
Hi Jan, lovely to see you here. Yes, a haibun is a haiku preceded by prose and if you add the URL of your blog post to Mr Linky it will be easy for us to find you.
Lovely prompt thanks.
Thank you kindly and thank you for your beautiful contribution too.
great prompt Xenia. thanks to Bjorn for jolting my memory with your poem. will read some more poems in the morning.
Great to see you here Rog and thank you so much for your lovely contribution.
How lovely to meet you Xenia … a close friend has just returned from a four week tour of Ireland and Scotland … The Highlands her favorite! Thank you for hosting today. Cheers.
Lovely to meet you here too Helen and great to hear your friend enjoyed her visit to the Highlands!
Happy Haibun to you all. 🙂 Thank you for hosting, Xenia. The red berry muffins sound wonderful…maybe with a hot cocoa. Getting a bit chilly willy here.
Great to see you here Mish! One red berry muffin with hot cocoa coming up!
Hello Xenia and All. Thank you for hosting today. Your prompt was perfect for the poem I wrote yesterday, so I linked it up. A hot mug of rooibos tea with a shot of Carolan’s please.
Lovely to see you here Lisa! A hot mug of rooibos with a shot of Carolan’s coming up and I look forward to reading your haibun xxx
Thanks much and Cheers!
It is getting late here in the Highlands, I’ll leave the key under the mat so please help yourself to goodies. I’ll be back in the morning to read.
Have a good night!
Hi Xenia love your description of the Haibun and I especially appreciate you remembering that we are indeed enjoying some very sunny spring days in Australia! Praying that we might get summer as last year we missed it as nature gave us months of torrential downpour which resulted in devastating floods … this prompt will create some masterful contributions.
Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kate and lovely to see you here. So good to hear you are enjoying your sunny Spring days and here’s praying for a fine Summer for you too!
much appreciated kind friend!
Rob Kistner said:
Hi Grace, welcome Xenia. I love September. My wife Kathy and grandson Alex were both born in September. We celebrate Alex today and Kathy Thursday. I turned to my beloved Pacific Northwest for inspiration for this haibun. It was a joy to write, and I found links to three brilliant songs to post with it. Peace everyone… 🙂✌🏼❤️
Lovely to see you here Rob and the joy in your writing sparkled all the way through your gorgeous haibun. Happy birthday to Alex and Kathy too and thank you for sharing your photographs and music with us here! 💜
Great to see you here, Xenia. You are the perfect one to present the Haibun for us today. Thank you for hosting.
Thank you kindly dear Dwight and lovely to see you here too!
Hi there. If you can put your direct link with your name into our Mister Linky, it would be appreciated. This way, others can find your poem, and also, you can see the poetry links of other poets. Thanks.
Hi, I did, I just somehow forgot to leave a comment with my post, sorry 🙂
Thanks for joining in. Your haibun is lovely.
Thank you 🙂
Thank you for all your beautiful contributions so far, it is lovely to see such a rich variety in responses. Sreeja, if you read this, I was not able to leave a comment on your post and I love your deep awareness of the subtle changes around you and the curiosity they awaken.
Beautiful Xenia – as always
Thank you kindly dear Bella 💜
Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said:
Late to the party [I was offline for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)] – got an Irish coffee for me?