I tried my hand today at writing a haibun – a composition combining prose and haiku.  I have been reading and studying contemporary haibun in hopes of gleaning the style.  I am not sure I have it, but this is a first try – I would love feedback.

I watched this morning on television the beautiful Aurora Borealis in Norway.  They are claiming that the colors and frequency of activity are grand this year.  I was dreaming of being there, and so I wrote this haibun:

We stand on the dock.  Iced mountains surround us.  Our anoraks creating air tunnels.  I wait, we wait, people come to visit to wait; all risking the bite of frost on our noses.  The day light sets quickly, as there is little.  The boats, and chains, and ice, clamber in the night gales, and we gaze skyward, waiting…

The night sky lights up

Drama unfolds before us,

A mystical moment

When I was little I drew rainbows of color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  ROYGBIV they taught me.  Today younger folks have apps. bringing these colors into life, dance, movement – not just crayons and paper anymore.  Creativity accelerated…

A colorful dance

Powerful magnetism –

Aurora beauty

No crayons and paper, no electronic devices as we await the glorious dance.  A snowman perhaps, or jogging in place, bides time until the show begins.  The portiere parts, the skies open up, and we are invited to the greatest show on earth…

Flickering curtains

Magic unfolds before us

A grand spectacle

I included a YouTube video of the Aurora lights from VisitFinland…because it shows the magnificence and beauty…enjoy.


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