The Forsaken Farmhouse ~ a Haibun Poem

First of all, many thanks to David for introducing me to the Haibun.

See his work at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.

Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku.

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Both the prose poem and haiku typically communicate with each other, though poets employ different strategies for this communication—some doing so subtly, while others are more direct.

The prose poem usually describes a scene or moment in an objective manner. In other words, the pronoun “I” isn’t often used—if at all. Meanwhile, the haiku follows the typical rules for haiku.

Source: Writer’s Digest

The Forsaken Farmhouse

A hoar frost paints patterns on blades of couch grass. Its roots are woven amongst bricks and rubble, silently seeking nooks and crannies to invade. Fox appears, creeping past the splintered door held on by one rusty hinge. He is careful to avoid shards of glass from rotting windows. Sheets of sodden newspaper form a carpet through which nettle shoots strive to reach the light.

Amidst the debris

Old rusty cans and brambles

One golden crocus


    • Thank you, Anne! It’s based on a real farmhouse near to us, which is lying in ruins now. I borrowed the image of the crocus from one of the many gardens hubby and I have renovated in days of old. 🙂


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