Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #40 “Kikobun” by Hamish Managua Gunn
Here is what defines a kikôbun:
•It is structured somewhat like a haibun, a passage of prose with at least one short poem (haiku or tanka)
•It features landscape and nature, and interaction between writer and the landscape
•Bashô focused on exactly that, the nature and not on prescribed formulas or conceptions
•The key specification is that a kikôbun involves movement of the writer, in that it is a short travel diary
•The haiku should not repeat what is in the prose, and should not attempt to ′globalise’ the prose like a conclusion
So the task is to write a kikôbun, similar to haibun, but the writer is travelling, and recording.
So the task is to write a kikôbun, about a journey, or part of a journey or wander. The idea of it being about wandering and observing is very relevant.
A Winter kikôbun
As I escape from the canyons of the city I do so in a car, which is one of the things I need a break from. It makes up for it in the countryside sceneries it offers up. Farm houses and buildings painted in that familiar red tucked into acres of land, laying undisturbed wearing the wheat color of winter. Trees now bare of leaves reveal hidden homes and lives, set my imagination wandering. The horses are out in the field today at this one farm that always grabs my attention. How do they stand the cold, I wonder? God gave them true grit.
I arrive at
Ole Rickety, the nick name of my destination. I turn off the car and before I open the door the sounds of the boisterous creek invades my soul and calm is cemented. I am rejuvenated.
bird songs fade in background
a playful journey
one of natures’ s many gifts
rushing water tumbling
Hamish this was indeed a challenge, I don’t know how close I came to it, but I sure hand fun trying.
Happy New Year to you in that forest of yours!!