Haibun for a moment in time

For the dverse prompt.

Photo ©Patrick Nouhailler’s


I took the bus to Paris. I’d always said I would get there and I did. It was the beginning of July, and I arrived from London with one bag, first job as replacement staff for the summer holidays. As soon as I stepped out of the Métro at Boulevard Voltaire and asked a gendarme for directions, I knew I wasn’t going back. And I didn’t.

Heat and cafés

smells of pastis and coffee

endless summer

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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.

73 thoughts on “Haibun for a moment in time”

      1. Your story of life in short? 😉 Great! Think near in future i will do so too. Maybe not Paris and not France. We are getting dreams as a gift, sometimes as prophecy too. 🙂

      2. Call it a turning point. In terms of starting a career and making money, it was a disastrous idea, but I’d do it again.
        Changing life course is usually a good plan. It gives you another life 🙂

  1. LOVING this! You arrived at a place that was on your wish list (I’ve never cared for the terminology “bucket list”)…..Just the word “gendarme” takes me there and let’s me know you’ve truly stepped into Parisian life. The haiku is such a wonderful addition to the feeling!

      1. Ah to be young and cheeky again! But….I’ll take where I’m at. Whenever anyone groans about growing old, I simply look at them and say, “but think about it….aren’t you glad you are?” 🙂

    1. Looking back, I don’t know how I had the nerve. I didn’t even speak French, just bluffed my way in. My mum sent me a suitcase of clothes when it was obvious I wasn’t going back.

  2. I’d want to stay there, too. Coffee and croissants. Parisian life, flawed (everywhere is flawed) but, oh, so fetching (everywhere else is not so fetching). N’est-ce pas?

    1. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was a life changing decision, and it meant jumping off any kind of career ladder into a Bohemian style existence. We’ve had a lifetime of ‘making do’ and ‘doing without’ but the only thing I regret about it is not being in a position to help our kids out financially. Money has its uses.

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