Haibun Monday


January 11, 2016 by petrujviljoen

Kanzen Sakura image cam00009

Copyright Kanzen Sakura


Looking north, from the bottom tip of Africa, having to imagine such harsh, brutal weather, strangely familiar, somehow recognised, never seen. A virtual reality over a vast expanse of space and time; surprise at the flower’s survival in such deep, silent, bruising, cold. The renewed respect for nature; the decree: there shall be life. Perceptions of impossibility humbled, softening the tenor.



Air, weave of hedge quelled with snow,

Bloom’s blushing conceit


Kanzen Sakura is host to Haibun Monday this week at Dverse Poets. The photograph as prompt was provided by her and copyright resides with her.

Although it’s Monday most places in the world, I, living at the southern tip of Africa, get the post a day later, so I’ll link up tomorrow. People in the north who’d like to follow the other poet’s writing, kindly go to http://dversepoets.com/.

38 thoughts on “Haibun Monday

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Gorgeously written; quite haunting.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Yes it is always difficult to imagine winter weather when you are in hotter climes. Just as hard for us in the UK to imagine hot weather… Right now it is 3c with frost and it is 11am . your post expressed the prompt perfectly.

  3. Mary says:

    Whew, I think we in this part of the world have to recognize that not everyone experiences winter as we do! Your haibun definitely reminds me of of that. Truthfully, I would enjoy escaping into your scorching sun for a while & leaving winter behind!! Smiles.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I enjoyed this alternate view of winter and your haiku is so evocative I shivered.

  5. Bodhirose says:

    I love your opening line. It’s a very interesting perspective to describe brutal, icy winter when you’ve never seen or experienced it.. Really loved your hiabun…excellent!

  6. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    Such poetic prose, like reading run on lines of poetry. You render beauty of something you are unfamiliar and end with a haiku with a sensual tone. Just stunning!

  7. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    Happy to read such a beautiful write!

  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Southern hemisphere, what a reality, ing north to get warm, water flushing counter-clockwise; & our winter is your summer. I spent a winter in Australia in the 70’s so I had a taste of it. Love the first line of the haiku, one 5-syllable word, my goodness.

  9. Grace says:

    A beautiful haibun ~ I specially admire this prose part: The renewed respect for nature; the decree: there shall be life. Perceptions of impossibility humbled, softening the tenor.

    I don’t mind the conceit of the flowers, specially in winter ~

    Thanks for your visits and lovely comments ~ Appreciate you joining us for Haibun Monday ~

  10. So many good words and so good to hear from you real southerners.

  11. I expect you know more of cold than most of us. I think it must have a range of understanding. Your work presented us with depth of life that surpasses our knowledge of seasons and its creatures or even its symbols. Beautiful.

  12. I love this perspective of winter through your eyes.

  13. Now then electric
    floweRinG fish so
    deep as ocean
    black miles so low..
    Grows strangest
    liGhts of life
    of all..
    and to
    thINk humans
    are more special
    than the rest
    as far
    science can
    see.. the humbling
    pArt is liFe as aLL
    that iS

    what else
    need be but
    colors of now..:)

  14. One of nature’s surprises. I really liked this line: Perceptions of impossibility humbled, softening the tenor…I’m in California, have had some rain and hopefully the beginning of the end of our drought…I wish the same for you.

    • Thank you! In the area where I live we’ve been blessed with spots of rain so it’s not too bad here but areas of South Africa is really in dire straits. Thanks for the visit.

  15. lynn__ says:

    Thanks for sharing your fresh perspective in this excellent haibun!

  16. Wonderful… I have many friends who have moved to Sweden recently… to see and feel the snow for the first time for them makes them almost like children again… We have full winter here now, and bicycling through snow to work was a great workout.

    • Sun scorching here, having to water the garden daily, we’re having a drought. Some places have run out of water and it has to be motored in. Snow is unimaginable right now, unless one has a pic and need to escape.

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