Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Season Your Poetry Part II
(posted by Toni)
“Matsuo Basho invented the Haibun form during the Edo period while travelling on a journey – for enlightenment! He kept a daily travel journal (nikki) and thus a new poetry form was invented. One of my trips to Japan, I traveled the route of Basho. Most amazing experience. A Haibun consists of a brief prose portion with a haiku at the end of that portion. Hai means poetry and bun means prose. At the end, the haiku brings the whole of the prose together.”
“I would like you all to write a haibun for me. The haibun is not to be more than 100 words.”
We construct a family tree for purpose of settling my cousin’s estate.
Flooded by emotions, brings mourning closer to the surface. The unreality
of her being gone is a stabbing of the heart in this cold winter.
I am surprised by names I cannot recall. There are those for which we have no information. My cousin’s mother had five siblings, scattered to other states. Some had children, adopted children, and went through divorces. Whereabouts of several are unknown. Family has dwindled, and has become more important.
birds grow and take flight
twigs are gathered in Winter
nest built for newcomers