It’s the vivid season when colours are like
splashes from an artist’s palette:
­            ochre fields
­                       untold shades of leaves and grasses
­                                   tumbling petals in various shades of pink and yellow.
Yesterday brought the first flashes of metallic red and blue­
­            zipping in and out
­                       of willow leaves and nettles,
­                                               hovering above ponds and rivers.

electric shimmers
dragon-flying in the haze
sultry shadow play

Kim M. Russell, 25th June 2018

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Unconventional 

Jilly is our bar-tender this Monday. She says she’s here to rattle the cages of structure and suggest some non-traditional writing in the realm of the haibun form.  She reminds us of that a conventional haibun is a combination of prose poetry and haiku; the prose portion is usually one or two concise paragraphs followed by a traditional haiku that serves as a post-script to the prose.

In the strictest sense, a haibun includes a traditional kigo, normally in the second line, that gives the reader a road sign regarding the season. Jilly wants to encourage innovation: she says that seasons are nebulous and traditional kigo are based on the seasons in only one part of the world. Elsewhere, we have such things as a dry season, fire season, rainy season, tourist season, monsoon and hurricane seasons. Anyone in education is familiar with exam season – I’m an exam marker and ex-teacher, so I know that one well. Above all, Jilly wants us to be avant garde, unconventional, to bend and break the rules!


46 thoughts on “Dragonflying

    1. Thank you, Jane. I struggled at first but I started to get into the unconventional bit.Unfortunately, I wasn’t at all well yesterday and had a bad night but I’m ready to read and comment – can’t wait to see what everyone else did with the prompt!


  1. Nice departure from pure tradition. I am fond of of varying the linebreaks, and forming patterns on the page. Yours moved like the insects, and its overview was delicious, reminding us that the finest art still pales when compared to nature itself.

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  2. I love dragonfly season. Mainly I see mine zooming in overhead when I’m in the pool, clinging to the tallest limbs of bushes or flowers in the pots that rim the pool, forming chains and enlivening the air. Your poem succeeded in surprising. For a moment I thought this was lightning invading your peaceful world.

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