“At every moment of our lives,
we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”
 Paulo Coelho



I’ve never lost a glass slipper, but I have learned to let my hair down. I have threaded my toes through salty sea and ebony sky. In 1990, I painted my own darkness, and called it ever after. I once owned a pair of boots a man of questionable character called “cockroach killers.” In the new millennium, I traded my high heels for flip-flops and blue baby booties. I know now: Prince Charming is a kind man with deep lake eyes. Barefoot is the new black. Stars are the answer to wishes.

A black bird caws
his morning song to rising sun,
splits the sky in two.

Oh, hai. Happy Monday.
We’ve got haibuns in the oven again over at
dVerse today, with Grace.
Come play! 



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21 Responses to Sole

  1. Mary says:

    Really enjoyed what you did with the quotation, De. Indeed sometimes we paint our own darkness. (which takes me back to the Mary Oliver quote you did NOT use – smiles). High heels traded for flip flops – so much more practical. And yes, stars…both wished on & the answer to wishes. Very imaginative Haibun.

  2. Grace says:

    I love the creative slant to the fairy tales, from the glass slippers to Prince Charming is a kind man with deep lake eyes. Its in one’s perspective of the sky isn’t it De ~ Love your haibun De ~

  3. Em says:

    I love what you did here: “but I have learned to let my hair down. I have threaded” … Very clever. 🙂

  4. thotpurge says:

    I painted my own darkness, and called it ever after…. beautiful. And your haiku is just perfect for the prompt.

  5. Bodhirose says:

    I love that opening line, and I like the sweet life you fashioned for yourself…blue baby booties and Prince Charming with deep lake eyes. Lovely, De.

  6. kanzensakura says:

    I too am happy for the change from those dreadful boots to blue baby booties and barefoot. You have pulled that one foot from the abyss and firmly planted it in the fairy tale of that Prince Charming with tose incredible eyes. I smile because of my Prince Charming with his sky blue eyes.

  7. I think this is the pain in growing up.. we have to find that path so soft that we can walk it barefoot.. Your haibun is so refreshing to read. Love “Barefoot is the new black”… and that Prince Charming really was.

  8. Love is definitely not guaranteed in the glitz and glamor. I love the description of the eyes!

  9. MarinaSofia says:

    Life seen through the story of one’s shoes – I can completely understand that. Full of sly twists and love ‘barefoot is the new black’. Although sometimes one still craves those cockroach crushers or glass slippers…

  10. I’m still smiling over those boots. This is just a wonderful take on the prompt–sort of a snapshot of life, growth and development.

  11. beautiful haibun, and lovely to meet you. love the blackbird ku

  12. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    A delight to read! Oh, who wouldn’t want ‘a kind man with deep lake eyes’?! 🙂

  13. I loved your haibun, the progression you conveyed so well and now the sense of happiness is all pervading……

  14. debi says:

    A wonderful, lively read.

  15. trishwrites1 says:

    everything from glass slippers to Prince Charming with deep lake eyes – perfection — glad you found him!

  16. Barefoot is the new black.
    Stars are the answer to wishes.

    One is willing to take chances and is ready to discard old ways after seeing some encouraging signs. That is being progressive


  17. Bare feet make us stronger
    And we are born of Star Dust..
    you’ve already found the
    with blue
    lake eyes..
    so aLL..
    oF this
    iS real..

    Dreams real
    now gOne..:)

  18. ZQ says:

    Beautifully done.

  19. vbholmes says:

    Beautifully worded tale of maturation ending with a happy beginning. Wonderful haiku as well.

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