Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Specific Form ~ Haibun

Image credit: © Frank J. Tassone

What an amazing collection of haibun poems this week. I want to thank Frank J. Tassone for the lovely image of Gertrude’s Nose. What a great photo!

Mr. Linky has made finding the poems so easy now. I’m tickled with the results. Here is everyone who joined in:

2.Kim9.Pat R16.Kerfe Roig
3.Trent McDonald10.s. s.17.H. R.R. Gorman
4.Linda Lee Lyberg11.kittysverses18.Merril D. Smith
5.willowdot2112.Sue Vincent19.Sally Cronin
6.joem18b13.Jude20.Marsha Ingrao
7.Frank J. Tassone14.anita dawes  

The haibun is such an expressive form. The prose portion allows you the freedom to write with all of your senses as in autobiographical prose, a travel journal, a slice of life, a memory, a dream, a character sketch, a place, an event, or even an object. Haibun that focus on one or two elements are the strongest.


The length of your haibun can be brief with one or two sentences with a haiku, or longer prose with a haiku sandwiched between, to longer memoir works including many haiku.

There are different Haibun styles: Idyll: (One prose paragraph and one haiku) haiku/prose, or prose/haiku; Verse Envelope: haiku/prose/haiku; Prose Envelope: prose/haiku/prose, including alternating prose and verse elements.

Your prose tells the story and gives the information which helps to define the theme. It creates a mood through tone, paving the way for the haiku.

The haiku should act as a comparison—different yet somehow connected to the prose, as it moves the story forward by taking the narrative in another direction.

The haiku should not attempt to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the haiku resolves the conflict in an unexpected way. Sometimes, the haiku questions the resolution of the prose. While the prose is the narrative, the haiku is the revelation or the reaction.

So, this week, I want to share a few haibun poems that met the mark!

Frank J. Tassone’s haibun read like a travel adventure. Notice how he wove his haiku in between the prose paragraphs. This is an example of the prose envelope (prose, haiku, repeating until the end). Each haiku increases the tension in the poem until we reach the very end and learn that this adventure was a cherished memory. Excellent work!

Kerfe Roig, shares an example of a verse envelope haibun (haiku, prose, haiku). She uses Frank’s image as a metaphor (on the verge) by describing a personal journey. Notice how the haiku adds to her prose by adding another layer of meaning to the poem?

H.R.R. Gorman’s haibun reads like a fantasy novel or dream sequence. She used the prose envelope (prose, haiku, prose) to tell a story like no other. The ending of the haiku leaves the reader filled with surprise!

Sally Cronin’s haibun is another great read! She wrote this haibun in the style of an Idyll (one prose paragraph and one haiku). The ending of this haibun was also a surprise!

Congratulations to all of you that wrote haibun poetry this week. You’re all stars!

Don’t forget, I’m looking for syllabic poetry examples to link to in the citations in my new book. If you’re interested, read HERE and follow the instructions. Thanks in advance.

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!


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