d’Verse Haibun Monday- 3-28-22 Cherry Blossoms

New to haibun? The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

Cherry trees struggle around my New England home as dynamic weather fronts roll in and out. Last week, we enjoyed 70 degrees F and today a bitter wind blows arctic temperatures around. A ‘wicked’ development according to local slang. So, to those plants and people not yet acclimated to our “on again, off again” ‘teasery’, there’s a danger of overcommitment and casual disregard for “what ifs”. A ‘shock and awe’ challenge to their comfortable existence often arises to their peril. Only the steady and sturdy can prevail in such uncertain weather. People would be wise to claim those same attributes in our uncertain world.

Cynical blossom
Springs from exile cautiously
A fruitful future

21 thoughts on “d’Verse Haibun Monday- 3-28-22 Cherry Blossoms

  1. Frank J. Tassone 03/28/2022 / 7:42 pm

    Even in “New York’s backyard,” I appreciate the the weather’s current mood swings. I enjoyed your tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the weather in your backyard.

  2. rothpoetry 03/28/2022 / 8:22 pm

    Well done Susan! Your word of cautious commitment is a wise one. A great haibun!

  3. marialberg 03/28/2022 / 9:06 pm

    I love the idea that the blossoms could be cynical. I don’t think that would ever cross my mind, but the trees here turned burgundy so quickly, I think you hit on something.

      • marialberg 03/28/2022 / 9:09 pm

        Have you read mine? I also took it in a different way.

  4. sarahsouthwest 03/29/2022 / 1:48 am

    “Keep cold, young orchard. Good-by and keep cold.” as Frost said. Love your haibun grounded in reality.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/29/2022 / 7:55 am

      Very much appreciate your comment. Robert Frost’s connection to the theme is truly humbling. ❤

  5. ben Alexander 03/29/2022 / 5:15 am

    People would be wise to claim those same attributes in our uncertain world.

    Amen, Susan!


  6. D. Avery @shiftnshake 03/29/2022 / 1:46 pm

    This haibun is packed with well told truths about New England’s wicked weather. Can you believe there are people who actually pack away winter clothing and boots? Risky behavior for sure.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/29/2022 / 1:50 pm

      🤣 Those unexpecting folks can be entertaining. Thanks.

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