Haibun Thinking: Week 1 – January 21st 2014

Welcome to the very first Haibun Thinking. A weekly writing challenge to create verse, prose and haiku using prompts from all areas of art including – but not limited to – movies, songs, art, photography etc.

We are still after art and photos. Please email haibunchallenge@gmail.com if you have any that you want to submit.

Please choose your prompt from below and then add your link to the creature so others can also read your posts. Information about the Haibun is below the prompts

Thank you to Anja of Oh Pithy Me for the Haibun Thinking logo.

Photo Prompt

Ranger and Monty © Kathryn Forbes 2013

Ranger and Monty © Kathryn Forbes 2013

Film / Celebrity Prompt

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Click here to add this creature to your blog

If you want to know what a Haibun is, take a look at the ABOUT page, and as this is the first one, I will paste here what is written there.

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).

Haiku is Japanese poetry, usually containing seventeen onji (Japanese sound symbols). Most haiku consist of three unrhymed lines of seventeen or fewer syllables, with the middle line longest, (today’s poets use a variety of line lengths and arrangements).

In the Japanese language the typical haiku has seventeen “sounds” arranged five, seven, and five.

Philosophy behind the haiku: Usually there is a word or phrase that “targets” or identifies the nature of the experience, and another word or words that give a spoken “punctuation” marking a “pause for thought” or giving emphasis to the whole.

© Penny Howe 2013


  1. Reblogged this on Oh Pithy Me and commented:

    A new haibun writing challenge has started today! If you love haibun, please come join us. If you have never attempted one then still come over and give it a shot. If you have any questions I will help as much as I can. 🙂

  2. Glad to join in – as I do…I post the link to the site in my contributed piece. I hope you get some visitors from that.

    I write about what is happening, well sometimes… and today it is the weather. Might have to break out my snow-blower! Brrr.

    1. If you post them onto your own blog, and link back here as well as posting the link into the InLinkz by clicking on the blue creature near the top

      1. Thanks Al…not sure the In Linkz is working..just takes me to a lot of html code widgets rather than to a spot I can add my post as per Ligo Challenge.

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