memory, haibun

Wind took a massive life an elder elm has fallen.

It is reputed to have been a sapling in a wooden bucket a century and a half ago.

The community has generations of memories of the elm. It was a favorite rendezvous of courting couples, a shady site for family picnics, and for final wishes, ashes were spread beneath the Park Elm.

stories shared delight

people mourn circle gathered

deep roots shared fate all

c. Lemuel

22 July 2018

haibun poem

Rat-Rod Skeletal Metal, a Haibun

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Skeletal Metal, a Haibun


Drive-in Hootenanny skeletal metal, stripped down and rebuilt twisted rides; revving tacs, how noble and debased they blaze in the late afternoon sun.

Smooth trannies heave heavy vintage automobiles, some bits shiny. Out of sight, their rusty ramshackle aged-good looks hot-rodded to the max, new renditions of sickest machines re-imagined.

The crowd blasted full blown by throaty engines’ bass notes groove; growling perfect timing like ripping canvas to the beat. Clean glass, gonzo custom, rockin’ designed so sweet, big wheels, big feels, not-all-there, but complete; glorious carnivores of salvage.


amended beauty

glory faded roars again

grace welded reborn


© Lemuel

01 May, 2018


Haibun Poetic Form

  • The haibun is melding of two poems: a prose poem and haiku.
  • The form was used in 17th century Japan and made fashionable by poet Matsuo Basho.
  • Prose poem is an objective view of the subject, rarely is “I” used.


  1. Tacs – tachometers
  2. Rides—vehicles used for everyday driving, special transportation, or showy display
  3. Hootenanny—a musical gathering of celebration
  4. Trannies– automotive transmissions

New Morning, Familiar Work, a Haibun



The saffron sun breaks dawn on dark upland winter-worn fields. Farm hands disc remnant stubble, dry plant-carrion,and cover crop.

Frost gilt furrows shimmer crystal cold. Strange how light is often associated with warmth then not when the moon is full.

Mists rise on old bean rows from rabbit burrows and occasional ground-hog hole. King snake knows them all.


hawk stoops frosty air

dove flock scatters wary flight

moon fades gold orb wan



12 April, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018

National Poetry Writing Month 2018


Haibun poetic form

Matsuo Basho, 17th century C.E.

Objective descriptive prose poem that relates to the haiku in a fashion chosen by the poet.