This week’s prompt
Write a travel log in which you encounter a mythical creature. You can write the poem as free verse if you like, but if you want an extra challenge, write your encounter as a “haibun.” If you prefer, you can ignore the mythical creature entirely, and write your haibun about an actual trip you have been on.
Haibun, a form that originated in Japan, combines prose with haiku to describe a journey and very often an epiphany. The prose (think prose poem) sections are built around images, and the language is precise enough to capture only the essence of what is being described. The haiku that follow are only loosely connected to the prose.
Since you only have a few days to write, don’t sweat the details. Attempt one prose section and its accompanying haiku. Work with the spirit of haibun instead of fretting about things like, “Oh, no! I don’t have an ephiphany!” or “Yikes! My haiku is too obviously connected to my prose!”
The poet most known for haibun is Basho, and you can find some of his poems here. There are also many contemporary examples here and here.
How prompts work under the Big Tent
We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.
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