Haibun Monday – Handwriting


I learned to write script before cursive. Most people do, I suppose.
I don’t remember it being a particularly difficult task. I remember the inkwell on the desk, dipping pen in, then putting it to paper. My handwriting style was nurtured and guided by my teacher, Mrs Beckford. Long tailed letters like ‘y’s & ‘p’s were not to overlap with the letters on the lines below. That was the rule of the stern Mrs Beckford. Not abiding by this rule meant her writing corrections in red ink all over your paper, which meant it had to be rewritten.
My handwriting is a mix of script and cursive. This is quite odd looking. I often wondered why that was. I never consciously put Mrs Beckford in the mix. But clearly, she has been lingering.

line of clouds
warm breeze smells of rain
parched school yard

Pat R


For dVerse Poets Pub where thoughts turn to: Handwriting




17 responses to “Haibun Monday – Handwriting

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience of learning to write, Pat, and for the handwritten note – I’ve enjoyed seeing other poets’ writing! Your teacher was stern, too. We always remember the nice teachers and the disciplinarians but never the ones in between.


  2. I dimly remember the writing lessons. My handwriting was never pretty, and it has disintegrated to a hopeless scribble. Thank heaven for the mighty keyboard!


    • I do my writing these days on the memo app of my phone. More portable. The problem is they add up fast. Now there over 300.😊. I am trying to figure out a way to get them off and onto my laptop.


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