Haibun Thinking: The Time Of Our Life

Week One of Haibun Thinking was a wonderful success. Thank you to everybody who came and gave it a go. I want to thank the ones who have given it a go for the first time this week as well. If you want to know what I am talking about, it is a new challenge on the Japanese writing form of Haibun. If you want to have a go, take a look here.

This week we were given the choice of a quote by Robert Burns:

Gathering her brows like gathering storm, Nursing her wrath to keep it warm

Or the photo prompt which I chose.

Digging up the past creates so many different possibilities.
We find creatures of wondrous size and disproportionate mass
We find fossils so tiny they are impossible to see
The naked eye can tell us a lot
But more can be told when we delve inside
We find our world was a different place
Safer for some
Not for others
Birds the size of a battered sausage
Others the size of a titan
Earth belongs to man
We inherited it from the past.

We dig up skeletons from our closets. Monsters, Apes, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Bones, People.

history will tell us
from where we came and how
but we say where we go

34 thoughts on “Haibun Thinking: The Time Of Our Life

  1. Really lovely Alastair ! Thinking about it .. ;never tried Haibun … more to it than first glance,it’s quite different writing for oneself as to joining in a challenge like this πŸ˜‰
    I find it all very fascinating .

  2. I loved the haibun…and if I may:

    illusory choice
    yet, someday we too will be,
    more dry bones to be dug up
    hopefully still by mankind. πŸ˜‰

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