Haibun Definition | What is Haibun? - PoetrySoup
Japanese form, pioneered by the poet Basho, and comprising a section of
prose followed by haiku. They are frequently travelogues - as in Basho's
The Records of a Travel-Worn Satchel (1688). In the best examples, the
prose and haiku should work together to create an organic whole.
We guide our canoe along the
shores of beautiful Lake Esquagama. It is nine o’clock at night on this
evening of the summer solstice. As the sun begins to dim the lake
becomes still as glass. Along the shore, forests of birch are reflected
in its mirrored surface, their ghostly white trunks disappearing into a
green canopy. The only sound is a splash when our bow slices the water.
We stop to rest the paddles across our knees, enjoying the peace. Small
droplets from our wet blades create ever widening circular pools.
Moving on, closer to the fading shore, we savour these moments.
as a feather
on the breeze
the distant call
of a loon