Washed smooth by nature’s caress, the jagged edge is eased. Beside lapis waves which kissed the ocher shores we plucked our wind-worn memories from the sand to leave in our wake a mark of passing. A tenuous journey across time where two paths cross – the wanderer and the placer. It takes a steady hand to find the balance; unsettle even one, they fall. The strength of the offering is in the leaving, an act of faith in defiance of gravity. Poems precarious, they stand as testaments to the impermanence of creation.
silent words of stone
whisper to the next who pass
you are not the first
follow in my footsteps and
for a moment we are one
This was a dual-prompt and triple-inspiration poem! I went looking for a picture of stacked stones as illustration and the picture in turn further inspired the poem.
Many cultures (I would hazard to say most) have made stacks of stones for various reasons. Some as markers, some as remembrances. For some, stones replace flowers at graves. The simple act of stacking them seems to resonate within us.
For today’s prompt, write an exploration poem. Maybe you’re exploring a new land, the depths of quarks, outer space, the mind, the soul, etc. Your call. In fact, it could be said that most poems are an exploration of one sort or another.
Haiku is the customary close to a haibun’s prose, and fits so well, but in our innovation week we are not obliged to limit ourselves to haiku. [… ]So this week… make a choice between haiku or tanka, or pathya vat from Cambodia, or thanbauk from Burma, now Myanmar, to go with your prose.
This week is quote prompt week. You do not need to include the quote in the haibun, and normally it is not included but used as inspiration for your haibun. As always, choose one.It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall.– Mexican ProverbIt is solved by walking. – Algerian Proverb