Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – 10/12/19: Indigenous (posted by Frank Tassone)
“While Columbus day remains the Federal Holiday, many communities in the US celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year. Now, I know this is a heavy beginning, and I don’t want to derail a harmonious Haibun Monday with politics, but I needed to set the stage for this week’s theme, indigenous.”
“What does Indigenous mean to you? Is it your culture? Is there a time and place that speaks to you about the Indigenous? Or is there an experience of time and place that marks it as your own indigenous moment?
Use this as your jumping-off point and write a haibun that alludes to it.”
Although I have never met one, the fairy penguin (smallest of penguins)
has its home on the coast of Australia and New Zealand. These blue,
monogamous birds are excellent swimmers, feeding in shallow waters on small fish.
Little penguins live half their time on land and half on sea. They face
attacks by dogs, cats, and foxes on land. Their nests are disturbed
or destroyed by humans, who are also polluting their waters. They are
endangered. I hope to see these lovely little birds some day.
stays for a brief visit
on the arm of my chair