My Pen and I

My writing spills out from a deep cistern of life’s experience. Sometimes a bit dank and dark as the pen dips deeper. But never from the despair of a void.

I am a doer. A make-your-own-sunshine-on-a-grey-soupy-day kind of gal. Cheerleader-tap-dance vigor still runs through my veins. Lean machine, gone somewhat dumpy with the addition of an old age belly, I choose to look up and out, not down. My daughter once said to me, “Mom, every movie can’t be the Sound of Music!” But I do choose the channel, right? Write.

sunflowers smile at me
sheets flap and furl on clothes line
summer of my mind



It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Toni, our haibun queen, asks us to write about why we write the way we do. Who are we and how does that come out in our writing? My readers will have to decide if they think I’ve nailed this assignment. 🙂

These are two of my all-time favorite photos from Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We’re in the second week of our annual two weeks here. Even on grey and foggy days, there is a soft beauty to this place! Hmmmm sounds like my haibun! Haibun: a paragraph or two of tightly written prose (cannot be fiction) followed by a haiku. A haiku true to Japanese form, always includes a seasonal word. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

28 thoughts on “My Pen and I

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 18, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    This is so cheerful, and I can so feel the summer in your writing. Here we are burdened with the weight of autumn… Your prose made me smile, we can choose the channel right.

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  2. Grace September 18, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I love your cheerful sunflower photo and this line resonates with me: A make-your-own-sunshine-on-a-grey-soupy-day kind of gal ~ I choose to look up too, and always, its summer on my mind ~ Love your haibun Lillian ~ Happy week to you ~

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  3. sarahsouthwest September 18, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    “I choose to look up and out, not down”. What a great philosophy of life. Love your haibun, and your choice of movie…

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  4. Frank Hubeny September 18, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    The “despair of a void” can’t be very interesting. I never (or hope I never) go there either. I also agree with you about who chooses the channel.


  5. Pleasant Street September 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I love your attitude, and that you share your sunshine with others


  6. alisonhankinson September 18, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Wonderful sunflowers and I think your positive outlook is inspirational.


  7. annell4 September 18, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    On gray days, now I know where to go. Your write a delight.


  8. Bev September 18, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I feel a kinship indeed. Your words made me smile. I, too, choose the channel!


  9. lindaluna583 September 18, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Nailed it! And for the record, I also love The Sound of Music! 🙂


  10. Misky September 18, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I love the cheerfulness of this piece. Refreshing.


  11. Vivian Zems September 18, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    The sunflower says it all. The fact that you chose to look up and out, but not down is up -lifting. Thanks for sharing this. Smile on my face now 🙂


  12. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar September 18, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    “I do choose the channel…” LOVE that. grab happy or create it… I love this sunflower a poem!


  13. Kathy Reed September 19, 2017 / 12:12 am

    Oh, to always look up and choose the sunny side of things is healthy and produces lovely writing, as you so well demonstrate:-).


  14. kim881 September 19, 2017 / 2:21 am

    I love the way you start the prose a little on the dark side, with the ‘deep cistern of life’s experience’ and the pen dipping into the dank and dark, but then your sunflowers burst into life, Lill, and the summer fresh sheets ‘flap and furl on clothes line’, reminding me of washing day with my grandmother. Delightful!


  15. Mary (tqhousecat) September 19, 2017 / 7:58 am

    I love the happy tones of this! And yes, the sound of music is in everything…depends on what kind of music, I guess. A beautiful haibun and haiku!


  16. Walter J. Wojtanik September 19, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Outstanding, Lill! A great peek at from whence your worded wonder comes. Dip as deeply as you need. I’ll always read.


  17. nosaintaugustine September 19, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Your personality and outlook on life blaze through this like noon. I admire your unique voice.


  18. Adda September 19, 2017 / 10:44 am

    You nailed it! As long as I have known you, you have had a can do attitude, bubbly, optimistic, lively, loving, caring, and lyrical attitude. You grab life and make it your own. Wonderful!


  19. qbit September 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

    “But I do choose the channel, right? Write.” Right!


  20. whippetwisdom September 19, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    So much joy in your writing Lillian, it feels like we are on holiday too! :o) xxx


  21. memadtwo September 19, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Optimism is in too short supply these days. Thanks for the cheer! (K)


  22. purplepeninportland September 19, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This is delightful, Lillian. I am smiling! You posted a stunning photo of my favorite flower as a bonus.

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  23. dornahainds September 21, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Such Fantastic truths! 😎😎😎🥀🥀🥀


  24. merrildsmith September 21, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I LOVE this. It made me feel so happy! I laughed at your daughter’s comment–because my husband has commented my world is a musical–and I always love it when TV shows decide to do a musical episode. 🙂
    Those sunflowers and the seashore–wow.


  25. Imelda September 27, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    love the positive disposition reflected in the haiku and the haiku as well.


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