two of the sea.

sea foam / moonrise / troughs of white petals / revivalist skulls of breath from a blistered wind / I lied on the floor / the window had twig elbows / the ancient fall, I bled white like the ants on the window-ledge.

I tire; tree fingers

tie their umbilical cords

onto the late birds;

field and rocks drum / moth wings / and lettuce-white bugs on the wall / mother, father / are happy / tree and limb / the ocean hides the stars /

am I near death? / I don’t know / mists of the horizon / numb then distractedly entwined / two of the sea; mouth resurrects the waves / the moonrise is red / fingernails whitened by the month / cat eats the trout / eyes reflect / into the child frost / tears snake to the moon / the moon is a child / the moon is dead / boney, the roots / of tree and mouth / happy birthday, darling, we love you / mother, father say / midnight / I count my knuckle bones / and I love them too /

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Written for the dVerse prompt:

“For this challenge, I ask you to think about your own birthdays, ones from the past, one that is coming up, a memorable one, or one you are dreading. Whether it’s birthday cake and balloons, a quiet glass of wine on your own that turned into something memorable, or a complete disaster, I’d like you to share a birthday with us.

Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.”

31 thoughts on “two of the sea.”

  1. Gorgeous images within your non-traditional haibun. Especially like “lettuce-white bugs on the wall” and “the window had twig elbows”. There is much more between the lines….

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    1. My parents and I do indeed have a strong bond. 😃

      And yes, I write the strangest things. Hahaha!

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s always appreciated. ❤️

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      1. No, no, please don’t apologize. I knew what you meant. ❤️❤️ I thought it a compliment since I acknowledge my stream of consciousness writing as strangely put. I don’t make an easy read, there’s always things in between the lines I hide.

        Thank you again and hugs back.

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  2. Very bold of you to write prose with the line breaks evident, so that we could see poem and prose at the same time; and putting the haiku in the middle was cool too. Sometimes I’ll write an opening, mid & end haiku, and/or make one of the paragraphs as free verse–but you are clear off the grid with this form; I dig it.

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    1. Thank you, Glenn. I’m glad you think so and I am especially happy you enjoyed this piece. I thought the line breaks would be fitting here.


    1. I kept thinking back to the trees by my window and how I hear the birds in the morning—probably around seven or eight. I think of them being perched on those trees before they fly away. That was the main inspiration for that particular line.

      So glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for reading it. 😃

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