Eli’s Ever After ~ Haibun Thinking


From Al’s description: “Welcome to Haibun Thinking. A weekly challenge to get your creative juices running. The challenge is to create something from one of the prompts below using the form of the Haibun. A piece of work ending in a Haiku style poem of three lines.”

Al provides both a photograph and a literary quote as the prompt each week.

The literary quote this week: “Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do.
It is much easier to skip it
and go from one childhood to another.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald


Eli’s Ever After

I was convinced that if I could pretend I wasn’t looking, I would catch a closer look at the wee pixie that followed my parent’s car. For years, she accompanied me, leaping and running at light speed along the highway verge, from fencepost to fencepost. Tiny, brown; always smiling and happy. She was a fixture of family trips.

Often, I would find myself seeing through her eyes, feeling the wind and the blur of the earth under my feet. It was exhilarating!

Some days, I still see her running beside me. She’s slowed the smallest bit in the intervening years. That makes me smile; I was worried I’d lose sight of her when I had to start using this walker!

Young exuberance
Doesn’t truly disappear
It lives in your heart

~ kei
14 October 2014


Description of the Haibun poetry form from Rays Web: The haibun is prose (or a prose poem) interleaved with one or more haiku.

12 thoughts on “Eli’s Ever After ~ Haibun Thinking

  1. What a beautiful tale … and the poignant ending only confirmed it’s beauty, taking it to that needed step into but not drowned by reality. Bravo!


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