Pride Parade

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Unconventional”  (posted by Jilly)
I am here to rattle the cages of structure and suggest some non-traditional writing in the realm of the Haibun form. While this won’t qualify as Avant Garde Poetry, I am asking you to put on the attitude of the artist who defies the status quo, as artists and poets have done for centuries.

Be Avant Garde; be unconventional; bend and break the rules! You are artists and it is what artists do! Let us blaze a non-normative path with our Haibuns!


In June, Gay Pride parade rolls in–rainbow flags, outrageous costumes–as
worldwide celebrants of LGBT gather. Fashion flies, and faces beam
in jubilation of this opportunity to be themselves.

Despite festivities, a solemn tone is observed as the 1969 Stonewall riots
in New York are commemorated. Some longtime participants are upset
at the addition of all the non-gay paraders, looking to party, not
understanding that the struggle for equality is still an issue. This is
a chance to highlight the progress, and to see how far we still have to go.

among green gardens
peacocks strut black wing redbirds soar
room for all colors

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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24 Responses to Pride Parade

  1. jillys2016 says:

    Brilliant how you weave and blend the colors in your words to reflect the colors of us all; those visible and those within. Well done!


  2. rothpoetry says:

    A great take on the prompt! Goes right along with the name of our group here!


  3. qbit says:

    Love the Haiku at the end. We were down near Christopher street and the Stonewall Inn towards the end of the day, and your description is good of how there is tension between the partiers and those who want to focus on the struggle. No mater what, the whole thing was a real rainbow for sure!


  4. V.J. Knutson says:

    You have captured so many aspects of the occasion, and of the agendas behind protests. We were in Stockholm during Gay Pride once and it was fabulous.


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice second line in the haiku: “peacocks strut black wing redbirds soar”


  6. It’s not easy to see how we should support it… personally I think partying along is a good way to show that we are more similar than different.


  7. lillian says:

    My husband and I participated many times in Boston’s Gay Pride parade, including that celebratory year when Massachusetts was one of the first states to declare gay marriage legal. I must admit, I’d never thought of every June as Pride month. I do think every September of new pencils and pens and notebooks, having been in education for my entire career in one way or another. Rejuvenatement (never say retirement) means seasons blend more….don’t have particular tasks….are all more celebratory.
    I adore the haiku……says it all! 🙂


  8. Grace says:

    We just had a our Pride parade here last Sunday ~ There is a room indeed for all colors ~


  9. Suzanne says:

    I really enjoyed your haibun and can imagine how annoying it would be to have people joining the gay pride march when they simply want to party and don’t understand the deep struggles gay people have had in the past (and still do sometimes).


  10. The haiku, the peacock metaphor–just perfect!


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