Haibun for an endless beginning

New year, new start, new prompts and I still haven’t got my own weekly prompt organised. This one is for dverse.


In the beginning there was me then there was you then there was you and me then there was us. We went forth and multiplied and then we were a multitude. The seeds scattered and put down roots and perhaps one day there will be new shoots and the multitude will become like the stars of the firmament and the sand of the sea.

The wave moves ever onwards, like the wind, ever the same, increasing and adding to the one whole. For each day begins like the first, a new start, a fresh chance to look into someone’s eyes and say, I choose you, now and forever.

in the lime tree

blackbird eyes the same dead leaves

as yesterday

beneath damp and brown shredding

into crumbs of earth—young snails

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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.

37 thoughts on “Haibun for an endless beginning”

  1. I love that image, Jane: ‘perhaps one day there will be new shoots and the multitude will become like the stars of the firmament and the sand of the sea’.
    We’ave had so many birds in our garden recently, including a very smart looking blackbird, and I’ve been watching them closely. At the end of this month, I’ll be taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, as I do every year, and I bet that when I sit at the window for an hour to record the birds, there’ll be just a handful. They’ll disappear until the hour is up and then suddenly fly back again.

    1. Thank you.
      We don’t have a garden just a lot of meadow but I put out food so we get flocks of great tits, blue tits and long-tailed tits, chaffinches and goldfinches, but it’s harder to see the variety than in a garden. When I think of the different birds, there are a lot of species, but kestrels, buzzards, jays and woodpeckers, turtle dove and woodpigeons don’t really come very close. They are very wary of human beings. Rightly so. Even the thrushes and robins fly away when anyone goes outside.

  2. This piece, is so personal and quite spiritual. Nice to find a tanka for a tail. The poem has a nice flow and strong energy in it.

  3. Oh, I love this. I think mornings are one of the best things about being alive – each day a new beginning. I love the blackbird’s eyes, and, under the leaves, the young snails. Life.

  4. I guess I didn’t read these posts till I wrote mine. 🙂 I love this–the going forth and multiplying :)–the stars (of course), and the cycles of life, both in your personal life and in nature. I really like the observation of the blackbirds in the tanka.

    1. I love the language of the King James Bible, and I find it especially touching that the team made it up when they didn’t understand the translation or couldn’t find one 🙂 Blackbirds, an endless source of entertainment.

  5. I LOVE this! A personal touch to the genesis idea…in the beginning was….and the multitude..and the seeds sprouting. I smiled all the way through this.

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