Erased haibun: Elegy

For the NaPoWriMo prompt, an elegy for things past, dreams unfulfilled.


Before the words took hold I dreamt of you and all the things that we would do. I longed for places little knowing you can never own a place nor keep it unchanging in your heart. We moved on, like grazing horses on some endless meadow, our herd growing, grazing where we led. Dreams fulfilled leave yawning gaps, they float into the placid blue of complacency. And when they wandered and the grass was bittersweet, I let the words in to fill the space.  The words spiked the hilltops with their shining speartips and I let them in. They march, day and night in serried ranks trumpeting hopes of success and at last an easy life. They march. Over the hills and far away, with the grazing horses on the bittersweet grass.


On the rim

of the hill

sun sets—dying gold.




I dreamt of things

longed for places

horses grazing

placid blue.

They wandered far away


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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.

16 thoughts on “Erased haibun: Elegy”

  1. Funny, I first thought of things never realized for this prompt too. I’m not sure where I’ll go with it though. You’ve expressed those feelings well. (K)

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