Understanding Love [Haibun]*

15 Sep

     The screech of a bird on a nearby tree alerted me, that their prey was at my feet. I saw nothing but my heart beating, which through my shirt, slipped and fell at my feet, among the weeds.

     The bird screeched louder, followed by small chirps before landing on a branch next to me. I could see its eyes focused on my eyes.  

     I reached down and picked up my heart, tried to force it into my wallet, but it would not fit. So, I tried to stuff it into my pockets. Naw, that wasn’t it! I had no choice but to reconnect to my body, speech and mind. By the time, it was done…

summer bird is gone

leaving me with fall’s bright colors

quilt for winter snow



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



Posted by on September 15, 2018 in Haibun, Love, Pine Cone Diaries, prose, Zen


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14 responses to “Understanding Love [Haibun]*

  1. Magaly Guerrero

    September 17, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Love the last image, perfect transition…

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    September 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    The thought of loosing your heart is a wonderful and surprising way to expressing it.

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  3. ayala

    September 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Lovely piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. dsnake1

    September 17, 2018 at 2:56 am

    what an interesting little episode. glad you got your heart back. 🙂
    the haiku is exquisite. i can imagine that quilt. red, yellow, green and gold colours. and perhaps pictures of little birds?

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    September 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    love the quilt for winter snow. Maybe with birds on it.

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  6. anmol(alias HA)

    September 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I really like the prose with its silent conversation and introspection.
    A haiku very well penned as well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Mary

    September 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I definitely can hear the screech. Fall is nearing.

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  8. kanzensakura

    September 16, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Interesting. Did this really happen?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    September 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Amazing, dream-like prose passage full of symbolism … and then, as Sherry says, then beautiful haiku. Wonderful altogether!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Truedessa

    September 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    A heart has many homes, but I think it is best to be connected with the mind and body. Love can be found in many seasons, this I believe.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. scotthastiepoet

    September 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    The use of ‘quilt’ here is especially lovely. Not a word I think I have as yet used in any of my poems. I am determined to do so now! So thanks for that…

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  12. gillena cox

    September 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Happy Sunday ZQ

    much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sherry Marr

    September 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I love this, the bird screeching, the heart falling, and, especially, the beautiful haiku. Summer bird is indeed gone. She was a beauty. But fall is gorgeous too. Always lovely to read you, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. todadwithlovepoetryandprose

    September 15, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I love this!

    Liked by 1 person


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