Haibun for the start of spring

An early spring haibun for Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge.


Last night a barn owl fluttered, silent, moth-pale across the meadow. This morning hares raced round and round the house and the first babies toddled from their form when we blundered too close. Thrushes throng the high poplars filling the bare branches with song. Blackbirds battle.

last curled oak leaf

brown tenacious torn free

by spring’s first gust


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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.

60 thoughts on “Haibun for the start of spring”

      1. From being a bourgeois paradise Bordeaux has become a hot bed of anarchy. Funny. Could be something to do with the number of people who have been booted out of their homes to make way for rich parisiens.

  1. I love the images of spring birth here. It sounds so nice! Little baby hares toddling about–awwww (even though that owl is bound to get some of them).
    We have snow and ice in our forecast starting late tonight and into Tuesday, I think.

    1. Finbar found a half a baby yesterday morning. It had all gone this morning, but we saw its brother or sister crawling away over the grass. I did anyway. For a sighthound Finbar is remarkably selective about what he sees.

  2. I really enjoyed your haibun. I can picture that curled brown leaf that lasted through the winter finally breaking free.

  3. How happy I am when that last dried-up oak leaves unfurls and flies off to allow new buds to appear. Lovely image you bring us in such a small space of words.
    Your spring is coming much sooner than mine!

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