Why do I write the way I do? Haibun for dVerse

As I write I explore a landscape that changes around me. Sometimes I follow narrow paths that lead me to strange and fantastical places. Sometimes I struggle to clamber over fallen rocks, looking for paths that have been shattered and hidden. I see a temple on a distant mountain, and start making my way there, but find myself distracted by a silent pool, or a particular tree. I start to walk about my garden and end up diving into an ocean wave. I want to explore what it would be like to be a tree. I want to visit a silent world of dark roots. I want to fly with rooks. I want to dance on a moonbeam. And I’d like you to be there with me.  I’ll try anything – give me a form and I’ll have a go. Give me a prompt and I’ll roll it round in my hands a few times, until it gives me a new path to venture down, a new scene to describe. I want to live a thousand lives, and take all the roads I couldn’t follow.

Evening grass is green
morning grass is pale with dew
soon there will be frost

Toni is hosting at dVerse, and wants to know why we write the way we do. I never think of myself as having a recognisable style – though I probably do. And I’ve just realised that my haiku probably says much more about me than I intended it to…but that’s poetry, isn’t it? 

 

39 thoughts on “Why do I write the way I do? Haibun for dVerse

  1. A wonderful write! I most especially love this:
    “Give me a prompt and I’ll roll it round in my hands a few times, until it gives me a new path to venture down, a new scene to describe.” I’m smiling as this is really what we do here at dVerse when given a prompt…it rolls around in our heads, our hearts, our hands, our pens to paper…
    For me, writing is an outlet sometimes. Sometimes, as you say, it’s being inside the fantastical, or the beauty of nature, or some other soul’s life that you imagine and feel…
    VERY interesting to read these different takes on Toni’s prompts. I suspect we will learn a lot about our fellow dVerse writers with this one! 🙂

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  2. I agree with what Lillian said totally and had picked the same bit -Give me a prompt and I’ll roll it round in my hands a few times, until it gives me a new path to venture down, a new scene to describe. I want to live a thousand lives, and take all the roads I couldn’t follow.
    Perhaps we do live a thousand lives. XX

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  3. Writing does give this freedom. I specially love: I want to live a thousand lives, and take all the roads I couldn’t follow. I want autumn to slow down a bit, not yet with frost. Love your haibun response ~

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  4. Can I get pre-approved for the following Autumn kigo?

    Shrike (butcher bird) – mozu
    Grave visiting – haka mairi
    Hungry ghosts – gaki 餓鬼

    These are from the world kigo database. I can provide links if desired.

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  5. I love this, Sarah, writer and explorer, discoverer of ‘strange and fantastical places’. And I’m with you when it comes to trying anything. I especially like: ‘Give me a prompt and I’ll roll it round in my hands a few times, until it gives me a new path to venture down, a new scene to describe’

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