Flight

Surrounding reality melts as I seek the comfort of sleep. In that half-aura, lying with eyes closed, weight of quilt on chest, I work to release tense shoulders, facial muscles. Within my mind’s eye, weightless arms rise, outstretched. I float above my body, cares released, and soar into the night.

heron, tense, alert
dives hungry into dark sea
soars with silver fish


BjΓΆrn hosts haibun Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Photo credit:  Bird Sirin by artist Sergey Solomko. We’re asked today to find artwork that does not illustrate our haibun, rather compliments its meaning. Haibun: short prose, not fiction, followed by haiku. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. 

29 thoughts on “Flight

  1. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg) February 6, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I do love how the pieces combines… the flight of the dream, the heron, and that wonderful illustration. I think you managed to span something that was larger than the pieces.

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thank you, Bjorn. And thanks for pointing us to WikiArt. Great site! I’m sure I shall use it often.

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  2. whippetwisdom February 6, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I love how the dreaminess complements the beautiful illustration and your haiku adds a whole new dimension to the entire piece – beautiful! :o)

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:54 am

      I enjoyed writing this one. So glad that comes through πŸ™‚

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  3. frankhubeny February 6, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    The idea of “flight” is in all three parts and none of them seems like an illustration of the other. They each suggest something different.

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:55 am

      Glad that came through. πŸ™‚

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  4. paul scribbles February 6, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Ok…Stunning…you have really grasped the nettle here and taken this to a much higher level of understanding..I my have to go back to school with mine πŸ˜‰

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Oh my, Paul. Thank you so very much for these lovely words! I’m just now making my morning elixir and will be imbibing some haibun soon. I look forward to reading yours! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Thank you, Alison. Image found at WikiArt, a site I am just now getting familiar with.

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  5. ladynyo February 6, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Lillian…this soars….and that illustration! At first I thought it was a female Tengu! Lovely…all three parts.

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Thank you! Always glad to take you flying with me πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed.

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  6. Grace February 6, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I like the dive of the heron, contrasting with your prose Lillian ~ Lovely work on this ~

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Thank you, Grace. I always feel I’ve hit the mark when I read words like this from you. πŸ™‚

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  7. MarinaSofia February 7, 2017 / 4:53 am

    A strange image, which reminded me of The Firebird, and you capture that mysterious, dream-like state very well in your haibun.

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 6:58 am

      Yes….I was looking for artwork using the search term “bird” and this one was really unique. Glad you enjoyed.

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  8. sarahsouthwest February 7, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Ah, lovely. The three elements – painting, prose and haiku – work together so well. The haiku is fab.

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    • lillian February 7, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you, Sarah. So glad you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

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  9. Mish February 7, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    A perfect pairing. Oh how I love this. Your prose is concise (and very relaxing I might add). Your haiku made me want to dive into a deep sea of sleep. The image is a nice surprise, unique and mysterious.

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  10. Teresa February 8, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I love the dreaming quality of this piece, and the image is perfect!

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  11. Bekkie Sanchez February 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Wonderful, flight of a dream! I often watch the herons while biking. They dry their wings in the wind while sitting it’s very cool.

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  12. Bev February 11, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Beautiful words enhanced by gorgeous art!

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