Monday Musings, September 6th – A Haibun


It’s been two weeks since I wrote a poem for the blog. Instead I’ve been busy writing mostly prose for my creative writing courses and reading and responding to other participants’ texts. I’ve also spent a weekend on the first mandatory group get together. Before getting on the train I had grand plans of what I was going to write for the blog in the evenings. That turned out to be utterly naive of me. When evenings came I was so tired I took long walks and then fell into bed without even having dinner.

Before this I had managed to build a routine writing poetry mostly in the weekday evenings and during the weekends. Now I have to build a new one reading and writing during the day, every day. Which has totally disrupted the old one. Right now I oscillate between being content I’ve kept every assignment deadline so far and feeling like a failure because I haven’t updated the blog. It will take some time to find a new equilibrium.

Honing my pen craft

Shedding papers like fall leaves

Waiting for calm winds

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First image: Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash
Third photo: Photo by Cedric Verstraete on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 26th – Text analysis


I’ve spent most of my time today with text analysis in preparation for the first of two different study group meetings tomorrow. And I feel a bit strange picking another’s text to pieces, finding good parts but also parts to criticize. I’ve done it with classics before. But never with a text the author will sit right there hearing my thoughts.

I feel like a villain. And I want to run and hide. Tomorrow will be… interesting. Nervous and tender. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. And I wonder how it will feel getting my own text analysed.

My text are from me

But once handed over

No a part of me

© RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Daily Haibun, August 25th – Rain


It’s been raining on and off all day. With a few splashes of sunlight in between. It’s still fairly warm, but autumn is lurking around the edges. Small changes is leaf colour. A chill in morning and late night air. The migratory birds is busy eating all they can before they fly off. Most bumblebees, bees and wasps are gone. Occasionally there’s a butterfly to be seen. We’re in the betwixt and between weeks. When one season is being changed for another.

Before summer goes

She dances with wild Notus

As wet hot winds blow

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First image: Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash
Second image: Statue of Notus (or Notos), Greek god of the south wind, at the Palace of the Four Winds in Warsaw, from Wiki Commons
Third image: Photo by seth schwiet on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 24th – Sleepy


The bed is calling me to sleep. Even though my mind wants to writing keep. But the hours of the day is stacking up. And so does the silly errors. So I better be off to bed.

I the silent night

To swoop and call with the bats

Vivid dreams take flight

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First photo: Photo by Josh McLove on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Kate Stone Matheson on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Vikram Nair on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 23rd, Hope


Tonight my heart is filled with hope and excitement. Kind encouraging words have made me doubt my ability a little less. And I feel excited over what kind of adventures the writing assignments will lead me into.

As hope makes firm roots

The tired soul finds new life blood

New paths to explore

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.


Image credits:

First image: Photo by Christian Joudrey on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Valentin Salja on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Miha Rekar on Unsplash

Daily Haibin, August 22nd – A Student


Getting emails about the student discount card, and applying for student grants. It’s finally starting to sink in. For the coming year I’ll be a student of creative writing. The idea still blows my mind. Who? Me! That cant be true… Except it is.

I sent out my applications and text samples and in the end got accepted too so many of them I had to choose which ones I thought suited me best. It’s felt unreal and mind-boggling. And my inner critics and saboteurs have made everything they can to try to discount the significance of what that means. But my passion for writing shines brighter then them, and I’ll be damned if I ever again let then scare me into not attempting something I want very much.

It will mean less time for participating in writing prompts and blogging. Although I can’t see myself quit writing poetry as often as possible. I’ll keep you updated on what’s going on, and when time allows share what I learn and write.

Seeds sown long ago

At last gets sunlight to grow

Let’s see where they go

©RedCat


Stockholm city library built in 1928.

Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First image: Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Gunnar Ridderström on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Roel Dierckens on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 21th – Golden Harvest Moon


The deep blue sky is filled with a golden harvest moon. Filling my heart with joy. Calming my whirlwind mind.
Making me draw deeper calmer breaths. Filling my imagination with energy that let’s imagination take flight.
Blessing me with seeds of dreams to cultivate tonight.

Golden harvest moon

Together with blue Neptune

Bestow mystic boons

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First image: Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by NASA on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 20th – Travel plans


Today, for the first time since the pandemic started I’ve made travel plans. Not abroad, just another city. But by now that feels like a grand adventure. To add to the excitement I’ll get to meet new people. The others in one of my creative writing classes. Right now I feel as giddy and nervous as the first time I went on a longer trip alone. It’s surprising how quickly, I mean it’s just under two years, I went from one traveling frequently to one totally home bound.

As autumn winds blow

Time’s come to change, learn and grow

Travel with the flow

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

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Image credits:

First image: Photo by Roland Lösslein on Unsplash
Second image: Sakletare, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Third image: Johan Jönsson (Julle), CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Forth image: Image by David Castor (user:dcastor). (All users photos are placed in Category:Images by David Castor or a subcategory thereof.), CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


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