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#Haibun Monday–Shimo No Koe–First Frost’s Voice #dVerse Poet Pub

A Silence Observed

I extend my left forearm during tai chi in the dark living room. That’s when I notice how quiet it is outside. No chirping. No tritonal repetitions of that saw-like cacophony.

No crickets!

The first frost has done its work.

Autumn dawn
that monotonous drone
of morning traffic

 

for dVerse Poet Pub’s Haibun Monday:

What memories or sensual experience can you claim when you think of a first frost? Perhaps it is the withering of the garden that you’ve tended so carefully throughout the summer, the anticipation of the work of harvesting and clearing out the yard in preparation for winter, the scent of earthy loam and moldering leaves, the brilliant colors that trees are boasting, the crisp cool air that fills your lungs on your early morning walk or the persistence of that sheltered rose bush that continues to delight you with her blooms.

 
For today’s Haibun, I ask you to dig into your memories or go outside to conjure up a poem related to first frost—SHIMO NO KOE. Remember, a Haibun is a brief, 1-2 paragraph of poetic prose followed by a true Haiku that includes a word or phrase that references a season.

 

 

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18 replies »

  1. I enjoy how you incorporate the contrast between the silence of the first frost and the rushing of the traffic, and bring it all into the deep practice of Tai Chi. I will return to see more of your blog when I am finished reading haibuns.

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