This Winter a Language ~ #006 March 2014 – Haiga and Haibun for The Phoneography Challenge: Black and White

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Black and White This Winter


I sip tea.

in the night out loud. I read the song. of Hiawatha. for the sound. these words. and this exceptional cadence. how beautiful a language. even. beyond the meaning of words. 

I sip tea.

Wales. unknown to me. this language of ancestors. the sound of this language. caught in my ear. the sound. a river flowing between two people. splashing off the counter top. swirling in my ear. I stop to listen. I can do little else. twirling tongues slip over words. roll around in a mouth. arc across the room.

a lilt in her voice. rising into a question. the reply. a cascade plunging full force. into a pool of knowledge. between them. 

I know little about these words. a neighbor? an item for purchase? on order? a discussion regarding these strangers? the temperature outside? a performance? the sound and cadence alone. fascinates me. melodic. transcending. transfixing. stunning.

I sip tea.

I flick through the pages. looking for words. rabbit. white. shadows. language. winter. silence. it’s all there. in the sound. this song. of Hiawatha. in the lamplight. above my skull. 


white rabbit

in silent night shadows

a language of winter


Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting 
  • iPad 2 Digital Camera
  • Top Camera App
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


This is my response to the Lens and Pens by Sally blog Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: 2014—Black and White, March 17, 2014. The theme or focus for the 3rd Monday of the month is Black and White.

My response is in the form of haiga and haibun. Two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry. 

Haibun is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku.

Haiga is image which includes haiku as a part of the image—both image and haiku as one work.


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