Hope – haibun for dVerse

Hope feels like a small thing at the moment – the hard green apples waiting to ripen, the half-filled pea-pods. A domestic thing. I am narrowing my gaze, because the world feels too big, too precarious, and I feel helpless.

But perhaps that’s how hope always starts – as a green shoot coming up through the burnt earth, as a child folding a paper crane.

peace comes at twilight
green things growing silently
sun rising with hope

This is a haibun for dVerse. Frank is hosting tonight. He reminds us that last year we wrote about the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. This year, he wants us to commemorate that bombing, but to write about the hope that can emerge from tragedy.

I’ve just read “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. She mentions the fact that Japanese schoolchildren folded 1,000 origami cranes for peace after 9/11. I was moved at how this connected back to the story of Sadako, who developed leukaemia after being exposed to radiation at Hiroshima. If there is hope, it is in the hands of children.

10 thoughts on “Hope – haibun for dVerse

  1. Perfect juxtaposition and resolution. Having 9 grandchildren, I like the idea that they will be the instruments of hope and change.

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  2. I know that helpless feeling, Sarah, and I like the way you linked the Japanese schoolchildren who folded origami peace cranes after 9/11 to the story of Sadako – hope in the hands of children, the green shoots, hard green apples and half-filled pea-pods.

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  3. I think some days, the only way to stay positive is to narrow our gaze. Sadly, our 24/7 news cycle almost makes that impossible…and as much as I want to do that, I also think it is time to speak out…to take a stand.
    This is beautifully written.

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  4. A beautiful haibun Sarah, I love ‘But perhaps that’s how hope always starts – as a green shoot coming up through the burnt earth, as a child folding a paper crane’ and the haiku is gorgeous too xxx

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