It’s the vivid season when colours are like
splashes from an artist’s palette:
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.
dragon-flying in the haze
sultry shadow play
Kim M. Russell, 25th June 2018
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!