Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday (posted by qbit(Randall)
One’s Self, En-Mass
Write a description of two or three tight paragraphs in which you describe one particular member or element of a set:
● one sparrow in a flock of sparrows
● one baby in a nursery of babies
● one fish in a barrel of fish
● one scream in a stadium of screams
● one somersault in a series of somersaults
● one Rockette in a chorus line of Rockettes
The challenge is to perceive the qualities of the group, and to distinguish what makes an individual member of that group both a part of it and apart from it. What sets or groups can you observe directly or in your imagination? Aim for clarity and simplicity in your language.
The guitarists’s fingers intricately pick their way
to a crescendo, signaling end of song. On the final note,
screams, whistles, and yahoos reverberate ’round
the stadium–surround sound to the max. All concert goers
wound up and spiraling their energy, their appreciation
of the music. Deafening sound of hands clapping and feet
stomping add to the mix.
Then, as people are starting to sit back down, I hear
a last straggler. AAAAA! YOU ROCK MAN! AAAAA! Top
of his lungs, standing and swinging a red bandana.
Heads swivel. Seen and noted.
tree’s full autumn skirt
shriveled brown leaves, all scrunched
in midst, dazzling red leaf