Haibun Thinking – A Family Day Out

Haibun is a Japanese literary form that combines one or more paragraphs of your written narrative (prose) with a concentrated (short) poem – the haiku. Hai stands for haiku, bun stands for prose.

The haibun and/or the haiku present a relationship between the nature of the human experience and ‘nature’ (the natural order of life).

Haibun Thinking is a weekly challenge using several prompts ranging from film and celebrity quotes, phrases from literature, photos or pieces of artwork. This week was Film Week with a quote from the late great Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, and a photo from Arthur Browne (go visit his blog, it’s a good laugh). I chose his photo.

There’s a couple of other Haibun if you want to read them here.

“Carpe diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary”
~ Dead poets Society (Robin Williams)

A Family Day Out

Travelling by train, looking out the windows, watching the scenery blur past. Children pointing excitedly to horses, sheep, cows, even other trains; they jump up to see if the road below is visible when the express thunders over the bridges, waving to the people looking up.

Closing on the destination, they start pointing to landmarks, voices becoming faster as they see more and more. The train slows to a stop, parents grab the hands of the children as the bustle leaves the train, pushing, shoving, and hurrying to their place of work.

As the family leaves the station, the eyes of the children grow wide with wonder as they see sights never seen before, except in photos. They pull their parents along, wanting to go everywhere first. Going in to museums to look at creatures long since dead and extinct; trying their hands at science, making things move without touching them. Standing in an area recreating earthquakes, trying to stand up straight, giggling as the ground violently shakes and squealing in delight as the lights flicker.

 Visiting the wheel, taking them to huge heights and seeing for miles around, parents naming landmarks, taking photos. Finishing the day travelling on the river and back to the station

a family day out
visiting wondrous places
making forever memories

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