Orchids were a challenge but I ventured out to the store and bought some that day. The local greenhouse employee advised me on exactly how to care for them. He said that I should buy a couple of plants already blooming as they are the hardiest at that time. They were all blooming so that wasn’t hard. I was admiring their beauty and adding Orchid food to the water when thoughts of my children filled my head yet again. It had only been six months since the last of the 3 had gone off to college and I missed them. I turned my attention to the plants again and began to sing my favorite song to them. “Twinkle, twinkle little star…
the mother robin
pushes the babies to fly
her nest is empty
© Carol Campbell
B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond hosted by Bastet is about the poetic tool of Aware . Pronounced ah-WAR-ay. Here’s Georgia’s description:
So the Haibun isn’t just the mundane description of an aspect of a voyage with a haiku tacked onto it but it is the effort to create a moment of aware or emotional reaction through the spirit of the moving moment without really stating what that emotion should be. The prose poem is completed by the haiku (or tanka) so the haiku shouldn’t just be a re-description of the moment but a sort of climax – the haiku by itself would perhaps be beautiful but one may not be able to understand the meaning hidden with-in it … it’s the complimentary aspect between the prose poem and the haiku that makes a Haibun a Haibun. Taking this further we can apply aware to the Haiga (a bit of visual art with a haiku) or the other poetic forms like the Choka or the Kyoka or Senryu … which is rather daring of me, as many of these latter forms are not considered poetry at all by Japanese Officialdom.
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