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Haibun Definition

Poetry Definition of Haibun

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.


The Importance of Goldfish
Michael McClintock

In our eyes and our sleep and our answers to everything and the way we ate our food and left our personal odors and debris around the house, like strands or clippings of hair, or a fingernail, or wadded tissue with spit, and seldom coordinated our clothes or speech or opinions when we went out or had people over, preferring different books by different authors about different things, and the feelings we kept to ourselves, harboring them like warts or bleeding punctures, until now, we grew apart and we knew it, had known it for over four years---since the day you lost the gold fish down the toilet and never said you were sorry. You even laughed about it.

"only temporary" ---
about our separation
we agree to lie

Top 5 Haibun Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Moonlight Serenade Guzzi, Debbie Haibunsensual,
Sand Dollar Dreams Ober, Heather Haibunmemory, nature,
Premium Member Poem I Slipped On A Tear Drop Loo, Laura Haibundeath, sister, suicide,
The Lady Of The House Nunez, KP Haibunabuse, analogy, black african
Fireflies Ober, Heather Haibunlove, nature, me, light,

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