Daily poem: New life haibun

I’m varying the pleasures with a Haibun instead of a Florescence today. I read Janice’s extreme version (55 words maximum for the whole poem) of a haibun this morning and the idea appealed. The challenge was tossed out by the Carpe Diem site on the theme of ‘new life’.

I apologise if I seem to be obsessing about dead animals and poo (the third badger latrine is now full, if anyone’s interested), but it’s all new to me and I’m finding it fascinating.


There was a dead mole here yesterday, sleeky grey beauty, silver like the moon. This morning, in the rain-damp, it has gone, and a yard or so from the place is fresh fox scat. Sadness is tinged with acceptance—mole’s life cycle has joined fox’s.


Wild garlic mown

and shorn thrusts white bells


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

17 thoughts on “Daily poem: New life haibun”

    1. I am learning so much about things I never knew existed. Like the tree that’s planted outside the main door that’s no longer used is a dogwood. I love the idea that they planted a dog in tree form to guard the main door!

      1. Apparently it’s a corruption of an Old English word daeg as in dagger or skewer. It’s a hard wood that was used for making knife and dagger handles. I like the association with dogs though.

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