Haibun for One Who Writes Beauty


She craves white worlds. Plows kireji and kigo through papered snow, rains cherry blossoms down on to our parchment feet with a delicate hand. Listens to trees. Asks the breeze to remind her she is a samurai warrior of words, a wielder of word swords, a brandisher of memories, even as those of someone she loves are fading. She blooms, and sometimes falls, petaled still in grief, and growing. Calls out to nature in two tongues, tastes it in full. Serves it in vast feasts and delicious bite-sized plates. We, hungry for more, follow her – and inhale the earth.
waning moon reflects
the blossomed beauty of now –
hantsuki promise


Abhra over at dVerse has us being poetical secret admirers of each other.
I hope to write a ton of these. Most of you will guess who this beauty is. 


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22 Responses to Haibun for One Who Writes Beauty

  1. PSC says:

    Oh. My. She’s beautiful… Nice work, De! ❤

  2. lillian says:

    Oh I love your words here — and her words. No one explains haibun like she does. Cherry blossoms and sweet petals….your portrait is beautiful, as is she.

  3. I truly love this.. yes there is only one who can write like that, and explain the (s)words … Love this.

  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    A poet worthy of all praise 😉 wonderful tribute De ❤

  5. Victoria says:

    Oh, yes. She is such a gift to our community and you have painted her with the most delicate brush.

  6. Yes, it’s so great how you connect all of this to nature. How the poet is like the scenes they express. Very beautiful.

  7. Mary says:

    Lovely, De. You have written in her style….and, yes, we do hunger for more!! Samurai style indeed.

  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    It is god not to encounter ambiguity at every stop; I agree, you write in her style, share her message, & have constructed a concise & beautiful tribute; very Zen of you.

  9. Glenn Buttkus says:

    “It is god & it is good, perhaps good to be a god.”

  10. Patti says:

    Lovely. I really like “a wielder of word swords.” That’s something to aspire to.

  11. kanzensakura says:

    This is lovely. I would love to learn from this poet. I know we aren’t supposed to guess but if it is who I think, I much admire her work. I told her once one of her poems was one of the most beautiful I had read. Some of her pphrases has brought tears to my eyes.

  12. C.C. says:

    This is so very lovely….no guessing required…you have painted the portrait of the one who writes beauty so perfectly 🙂

  13. kim881 says:

    This is gorgeous, De! My favourite phrases: ‘samurai warrior of words, a wielder of word swords, a brandisher of memories’ But being fairly new to the group, I can only hazard a guess.

  14. Misky says:

    Splendid writing.

  15. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Oh my, this is beautiful!

  16. Abhra says:

    ha ha – this one was a dead giveaway….

  17. Bryan Ens says:

    Splendidly written. You emulate her well!

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