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



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Daily Haibun, August 19th – Poetry reading night


Once a month I participate in online poetry readings. Which has made me even more aware of how a poem sound. How inflection matters. How my heart pounds when getting onto stage so to speak.

I relish the opportunity to hear and see others in the community. Writing might be a lonely art form. But once something is written it can be joyously shared with others.

Creativity

Shared with like-minded people

Let’s energy grow

© RedCat



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Daily Haibun, August 18th – Fear Of Judgment


Today was deadline for the first writing assignment. I’ve been done since the weekend. Even so I waited. Knowing I shouldn’t tinker to much with the text but… fearing judgment! I realized, after some thought. I haven’t really felt that way when submitting anywhere. When submitting you either get a polite – Thanks, but no thanks. Or a joyous Yes please! And when participating in the writing prompts people tell you what they like, not what they don’t like.

This time the text will be read and critiqued by a small circle. And that fills with with the dread of every once bullied child. Will I measure up? Will I be accepted?

The rest of the day was spent flitting from one task to the next in nervousness. I haven’t even been able to read the others text yet. For fear I will find myself sorely lacking. This will be a true test if I can judge myself kindly.

Do leaves fear falling?

Judgement for its fall colours?

My colours are me

©RedCat



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Daily Haibun, August 17th – Paper Trails

I’ve spent more time then I want to admit sorting through paper today. Old bills. Advertisements. Notes from school and daycare. Empty envelopes. Newspapers and magazines. Stacks of children’s drawings.

Once I start I can’t quit until every drawer and heaps on desks are reduced to a minimum.

After a while I started to think about what paper’s we leave behind. And for some reason found myself content that together with old tax returns and employment deals. I will leave a whole bunch of notebooks with poetry and stories. And some books that actually have my writing in print.

Old papers tumbling

Spinning into new stories

As leaves in autumn

© RedCat


© RedCat

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© RedCat

Daily Haibun, August 16th – Monday Blues


Mondays are blue. I feel restless and lost. Anxious about anything and everything. Everything feels meaningless and not worth the effort. I soldier through as best I can. But when evening falls, however much I’ve gotten done. I feel lacking in every aspect.

Rain falls like tears do

Filling my heart with sorrow

Stuck in Monday blues

© RedCat



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Daily Haibun, August 15th – More Words


The last two years I’ve gotten the hang of writing flash fiction. Short short stories in no more then say 100 words. It has helped me let go of my propensity for long rambling sentences. It has made me realise which words really are essential for telling a story. But it hasn’t taught me how to write longer prose stories.

Today I’ve been struggling with the first writing exercise for my writing classes. Finding that my first few drafts is way too short. And right now I’m at a loss for how to make it longer without filling it with unnecessary rambling.

Hopefully I can find a way tomorrow.

Change of season winds

Like thoughts without directions

Going everywhere

© RedCat



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Daily Haibun, August 14th – A reading writer


To become a good writer you have to be an avid reader they say. And I always thought to myself, well I got that down pat. Having read a small library’s worth.

What I haven’t realised is that I don’t know how to read whit an eye for how it’s done. Sure I’ve analysed books for an review or for writing litterateur paper’s at uni. And I might know why I think a book is no good. But I’ve never given why a book is really good any thought. I’ve just enjoyed them.

So now I have to learn how to read a book analysing how it’s done. Why it’s good, or bad. Picking its components apart to see how they work. That will be a learning experience even for such an avid reader as me.

In cold autumn nights

Books is warming company

Friends for the lonely

© RedCat



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Daily Haibun, August 13th – Inner calm


Yesterday’s stargazing was well worth it. Even if it meant sacrificing a bit of sleep. I saw several meteors streak across the sky.

Can’t remember the last time I sat bundled in a warm blanket doing nothing but listen to night sounds and watch the starry sky. Today I felt an inner calm reminiscent of what you get from meditation. I’ve also felt energised. Like the stargazing replenished something I didn’t even know was missing.

An August night spent

Stargazing instead of sleep

Soul well replenish

© RedCat



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