AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Haiku Challenge #16 ~ Sin in Haibun

There's a house not far from me that never changes.
It simply is.
To me, it is like a broken link in the chain of life. It is like a stage without actors, a sky without weather changes, an earth drought-ridden.
It's a sin to let a house bathe in the sunlight and shadows of the seasons, shuttered, alone...

No circulation
No tending of the garden
No family love

A grim door that never greets nor farewells, stands like a locked memory - of someone.
A gated driveway locked in bland nowhere. Somehow there is a sense of a child, discarded, wondering if parents will ever remember to come home; like a body adrift in limbo, seeking a heart and a soul.

Scraps of energy
Like shredded, lost momentos
Mere driveway relics

There's a house not far from me that never breathes, never blinks.
It simply survives.
It simply is.

*150 words

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Suz said...

wonderful haibun
It is a fascinating thing how we can distill our thoughts
capture a moment

too bad about that lovely alone

⁂ܓVållῐ ⁂ܓ☺ said...

Beautiful Haibun...Liked it :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

This is a poignant and well-written piece, Gemma. I hope to see more haibun from you, because in haibun you shine!

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... said...

'Somehow there is a sense of a child, discarded,'
You've beautifully described the Abandoned House,which hopes to greet and farewells.

Vidya Sury said...

Sad but beautiful. Brings a lump to my throat.

Amber said...

This is beautiful! Very nicely portrayed!

becca givens said...

Excellent, Gemma!!

Someone is Special said...

Gemma, 'There's a house not far from me that never breathes, never blink. It simply survives' Touching!

booguloo said...

I lose myself at times and I see a house without laughter or crying and not see a home because of that. Do "I See"?

Myrna R. said...

I walk past an empty, abandoned house almost daily. It has a beautiful shell, and probably stories to tell, but its spirit is gone. Much like the house you so beautifully describe. I enjoyed reading this.

Unknown said...

You prompted me to wonder about the house, the owner, the circumstances of its abandonment. Terrific piece.



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