First House

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Delving Into The Traditional”  (posted by Lillian)

“**Let’s journey together into an interior. Go back in time to one of the very first houses you remember living in. Try to recall a room or place in that house. Take your mind around the room to see what details you can picture. Do you remember this room because of something that happened there…..or someone who habitually sat there?

**Your haibun will begin with 1 or 2 tight paragraphs of prose describing that room. Take us into its interior. It must be a true accounting; not fiction.”

**Add a TRADITIONAL haiku. Follow the haiku musts given above. If you just skipped down the post to read this prompt, go back up to read the musts for a haiku – and the section on the SAIJIKI. Let’s try our hand at a traditional haiku!

The houses were attached on three sides, with windows facing only
front, looking out on a small patch of garden. An accident provided
the low down payment required on our first house. My husband
and I had only known apartment life.

Black cat curled on red cloth rocking chair in our cozy living room
which underwent many changes–flood ruined our blue foam sofa,
a Springer Spaniel joined us eating carpeting, and unrolling
toilet paper. The frayed edges remained in that room. Despite all
manner of tricks, even sprinkling carpet with crushed red pepper,
dog continued her “treats when parents are not home” routine.
Sunlight brightened this room, in which we spent happy times.

stream meanders
bubbling over rocks, and sticks
tickling lush green woods

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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28 Responses to First House

  1. rothpoetry says:

    An interesting story. Sounds like you might have to find your dog another room when you leave!! Beautiful Haiku!


  2. Jo says:

    I love the inclusion of your pets – the dog eating carpet and unrolling toilet paper and the cat curled up on the red cloth rocking chair. Nice details!


  3. Waltermarks says:

    A home is a well used house and it sounds like yours was well broken in. It is so hard to stop pets from ruining furniture. Our sofas look like they have been through World War III


  4. kanzensakura says:

    A truly lovely haiku. I love the details of your pets and of course the flood! Great write


  5. The haiku treats the stream so gently, even after it flooded the spaniel terrorized room. It sounds cozy anyway.

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  6. lillian says:

    You’ve provided us some lovely details here within your prose. Ah yes….our pets are part of our decor. I love the concluding haiku. Truly lovely.


  7. V.J. Knutson says:

    Classic scenario of young couple, new dog, well told.


  8. kim881 says:

    Oh the joys of the first house, Sara! And pets! An enjoyable haibun.


  9. annell4 says:

    Your description sounds like a perfect room, in the house of a young family and pets!!


  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Sunlight and happy times go together wherever one is.


  11. The memories of the dog that leaves its marks on is so strong… love it


  12. lynn__ says:

    A cozy place, no doubt 🙂 Pets (and children) make a house a home but are hard on the furnishings!


  13. merrildsmith says:

    It sounds like such a loved home and time. I love the details of the pets, and how the meandering, bubbling stream is another facet of the flood (which ruined a sofa, but not the home).
    One of our cats likes to unroll the toilet paper, but it’s only in the bathroom. 🙂


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