My daughter and I moved to Norfolk in March 1992. We’d only had a few holidays here and were moving from the hustle and bustle of London to a small village on the North Norfolk coast with no street lights, a bus to Norwich twice a day – and we knew nobody. We threw ourselves into decorating, sorting out the overgrown garden and discovering walks on an empty beach, birds we’d never seen before and seals. Finally, we took the bus into Norwich and were welcomed with a blast of daffodils and blossom.
air full of birdsong
nature’s untidiness blooms
with a bold flourish
Kim M. Russell, 15th April 2019
Toni is our host at the halfway point in this year’s NaPoWriMo and she tells us that she’s been re-reading Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, in which he created the haibun, which she shares with us, saying that it “beautifully illustrates the Japanese concept of Mono no Aware: sadness of wistfulness at the passing of ‘things’”
Toni would like us to write haibun of 44-150 words about events in our lives, such as love gone wrong, birth of a child, a daily walk, remembering that haibun are based on true experience – they are not flash fiction.