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Japanese form, pioneered by the poet Basho, and comprising a section of prose followed by haiku. The prose and haiku should work together to create an organic whole.

I reflect on Man's future as I watch the news, alarmed at the irreversible changes happening to our planet, from global warming to the extinction of whales and corals. And I witness the floods in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and East Timor, and the droughts in the United States, Somalia, and Morocco displace thousands from their homes. The world is in crisis! According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the current population is 7.9 billion as of April 2021. We cannot sustain the life we enjoy today on a planet with shrinking, finite resources. We are living longer and demanding more, destroying our ecosystems in the process. We've raped and poisoned our oceans, burnt and cut down our forest, and spent or squandered our fossil fuels; whatever future calamities await the human race, they will be devastating and yet, as inevitable as death is to life. hunger fuels hate there's no compassion in greed... a baby is born (Haibun) 4/10/2021 Moments Of Reflections - Haibun Poetry Contest Sponsored by: Malabika Ray Choudhury

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Date: 5/14/2021 9:15:00 AM
Wow, Emile, congratulations on this well-developed and detailed haibun prize win. And your haiku at the end is stunning. Carol Louise
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Date: 5/14/2021 10:32:00 AM
Thanks so much Carol, I appreciate your comments my friend, Emile.
Date: 5/12/2021 10:17:00 AM
Your ability to articulate the profound is on display here Emile with sharp clarity. In simple, flowing sentences you address the chaos we are experiencing. Even in the face of this planet devastation I have to keep reminding myself that God is large and in charge. Congratulations on your win! Blessings to you!
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Date: 5/12/2021 11:07:00 AM
Thanks Sam, words engraved in political stone only provide the illusion that we care, your comments are always welcome my friend, Emile.
Date: 5/11/2021 5:33:00 PM
Tears the heart -- it does, when words become meaningless and warnings that follow ... are but futile. Deeply written, Emile, and my compliments for your win, Aloha!
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Date: 5/12/2021 6:54:00 AM
Thanks William, I appreciate your comments my friend, Emile.
Date: 5/11/2021 4:34:00 PM
Congratulations on your top win. BW ~ Mala
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Date: 5/11/2021 5:08:00 PM
Thanks Mala, I appreciate both the placement, and your comments my friend, Emile.