Sydney Haibun

Last night we sailed beneath the promise of a full moon. Standing on our deck above the ship’s wake, black diamond water glistened in lunar sheen. We awakened to a new day, hearts filled with gratitude and love, in Australia. We stand now, feet firmly on the ground, spirits soaring as we gaze together upon Sydney’s iconic bridge and opera house. The journey continues.

full moon graces sea
waves alit with wondrous glow
lunar toast to love

Shared with DVerse. Apologies again to my readers as we continue on this amazing journey: Oct 25 to December 2. Two cruises back-to-back with very little time or ability to connect to the Internet. Thus I cannot read from my dVerse poet friends’ posts. Once back to Boston, shall be in my normal writing AND reading pattern. Hoping you will excuse me.

31 thoughts on “Sydney Haibun

    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:12 am

      It was amazing to see, and right off our ship’s deck. Feet firmly on Boston solil again…although jet lag is in full gear. Sydney was 16 hours ahead of Boston….exhasusted by 10 pm….awake from 2 to 5 AM and then slept till 10:45 AM. Patience needed….it wil all work out. Back to writing for dVerse and posting today — posted one for fun yesterday too. Will be glad to get back to my early morning reading with hot coffee in hand. Have missed all of you! 🙂


    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:13 am

      It was indeed! Just back on Saturday — working through laundry, a serious case of jet lag (our last 5 days were in Sydney and it’s 16 hours ahead of Boston), and Christmas preparation. 🙂 Discovered nonalcoholic ginger beer in New Zealand and hope to find a good brand here 🙂

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      • lynn__ December 5, 2016 / 8:59 am

        The adventure is always worth the laundry and lag 🙂


    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:14 am

      Joyful it was! Shall be the muse for many a future poem I’m sure.


  1. Bodhirose November 14, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Of course you’re excused! It’s nice to hear from you and see your pics…enjoy your time away.

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    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:15 am

      Was a magical journey! Shall be some future poems from my trip’s muse I’m sure. Glad to be back!


  2. kanzensakura November 14, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I love the haiku at the end of this wonderful haibun sent to us all the way from Oz. A true haibun in the purest sense.

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    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:17 am

      I always revel when I get a haiku praise from you! 🙂 Back home now….working on adjusting and getting through the jet lag. Last 5 days in Sydney….actually the whole trip was Singapore, Bali, Australia and New Zealand….most of the time 14, 15 and 16 hours ahead of Boston. So it’s tomorrow there now if that makes sense. My body still doesn’t know what present tense it’s in! 🙂


    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:17 am

      It was the journey of a lifetime!


    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:18 am

      Missed you guys. It was the journey of a lifetime. Shall be the muse for many an upcoming poem I’m sure. Glad to be back although the jet lag has my body trying to figure out what present tense it’s in! 🙂


  3. katiemiafrederick November 15, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Hi Lillian..
    love the photos..
    as i for one am
    mostly a visual
    iMage thiNker
    side-tracked on words
    for now.. hehe.. ah.. the political
    news has been a terrific dArk muse..
    now back to
    grows Super moon muse2..
    Hope you continue to enjoy
    your travels as truly for me it is
    a gift to see photos coming
    on the fly
    of heARt
    no different
    than words that

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    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:19 am

      It was a marvelous journey – trip of a lifeimte. Disheartening to come home to a different country. I keep telling myself, we must not let hatred and division win. We must revel in goodness.

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      • katiemiafrederick December 5, 2016 / 8:49 am

        SMiLes my friEnd..
        A revolution oF Fear..
        Hate.. and sadly ignorance
        Has spoken and learned to
        But a DancE and SonG
        Can And WiLL sTiLL
        BeCome A rEvolution
        Orange as Earth.. WiNd
        FiRe Dances and
        And Free For
        All Happy..
        i Can and
        WiLL DancE and SinG
        For Freedoms Sting Be Ring..
        Other than that.. Greetings
        And Welcome back to the
        Current states of affair
        And three
        Ring circus
        Too with
        With a Laugh
        For the ironic
        Comedy of the
        Human Play
        And DancE and SonG..:)


  4. Rosemary Nissen-Wade November 15, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Welcome to Australia! (Hello and goodbye, I guess.)

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    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:31 am

      Oh Rosemary, how we loved Australia! I’d done so much research and we were able to see so much. Our last 5 days we rented an apartment on Pitt Street and strolled the botanical gardens, including a wonderful aboriginal tour; visited the modern art museum and the NSW Art Gallery, did a cliffs walk that started past New Bondii and ended at Watsons Bay where we had fish and chips at Doyles, ferried back to Circular Quay, then ferried to Manly Bay and went to the aquarium there, walked to the other “side” of Manly Bay and watched the surfers and had an absolutely delicious meal at the Pantry; walked the Rocks an went to Susanna Place Museum (fascinating) and at at Ottos on Circular quay — delicious. Also took the Blue Mountains train to Katoomba, got on the Explorer bus for a few stops, ultimately getting off at Three Sisters, climbed the 1000 stairs down and then hiked across the valley to the cable car we took back up the mountain. Got on and off the Explorer bus to have a lovely meal at the Rooster, a delightful French cafe. Also toured the opera house and happened to be there when the full orchestra was practising and when the ballet was in rehearsal! Bought some breakfast supplies at Woolworth and Coles, including Tim Tams and learned how to do the Tim Tam Slam 🙂 On our last day took the train and then the bus to Featherdale Australia’s wild Life Sanctuary near Blacktown. We went in the early morning when all the animals were active….including koalas, kangaroos and wallabys. Saw a mama wallaby with her joey’s head resting out side her pouch and then, when we were the only ones there, and she was just hopping on the sidewalk by us, the joey hopped out!!!! and hopped around a bit, got licked by its mama and then hopped back into the couch!!! Amazing! I’m sure I’f forgetting some things….on the ship we stopped in Brisbane, Darwin and Bay of Isles. Such a beautiful country!!!
      Learned that flip flops are called thongs……..sweaters are jumpers……….chips are fries…….and the call that was often done “Aussie Aussie Aussie…..Oy, Oy, Oy! :


  5. sarahsouthwest November 16, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Ah, lovely. It sounds like such a wonderful trip. I hope you are keeping a journal! Great haiku, and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:32 am

      Ah, it was the trip of a lifetime! I journaled on FB… going to try and figure out how to print it out. That way all of our family could follow along. It has become my muse!


  6. Mish November 18, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Lovin’ the black diamond water!
    And on to more adventures….enjoy.


    • lillian December 5, 2016 / 5:33 am

      It was truly remarkable! I’m certain much of it will appear in upcoming poetry. Just posted on that referred to a dVerse prompt while I was gone “breath” — includes some photos too.


  7. kim881 November 22, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Wonderful haibun and photos, Lillian. enjoy the rest of your trip!

    Liked by 1 person

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