Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #23 Kamishibai, the art of story telling

Your haibun may have a maximum of 250 words (including the haiku). The haiku in your haibun have to be classical, so with 5-7-5 syllables, a seasonword, a cuttingword, an interchangeable first and third line, a deeper meaning and of course nature. The haiku has to be that really short moment similar with the sound of a pebble thrown into water.
Then a last “rule”, your haibun must be themed “springtime”.



My hands rummage beneath last falls leaves all is cold and slimy.  Next to me peeking from the remains of yesterday’s snow, my iris. I look around noticing all the spring blooms that were not visible two days ago, grape hyacinths, violets, narcissi.  Clearing the wet leaves unearths an earthworm and anemic green shoots desperate for sun. The wind stirs reminding me winter’s touch is still near. I pause and still my thoughts. I listen and hear the soft rattle of last spring’s Siberian iris and the clink of the bottle tree invoking old ghosts. The wind ruffles my hair and I shiver, but it also delights me with the fragrance of daffodil.  With determination and renewed hope I return to my task of clearing dead foliage and downed branches.

the call of springtime
winter holds my heart captive
suspend in time



Revised Haiku  _ not following the word count

signs of spring –
winter holds captive
my heart