Warning. Extra Words ~ #021 May 2014 – Haiga and Haibun for Friday Fictioneers

©14 Summer Space 2 sml 6x


Walking the Plank


portals—not my forte. I like portals. they fascinate me. I just never know. . . . when passing through them. 

near the summit. the dusty trail. rock strewn. treeless. the path wide enough for two. although we each walk alone. yards apart. a rugged climb. near the summit. a portal. a doorway. over the trail. no door. just the framework. and a breath altering view.

wow, I’m thinking. will I change passing through? will I be in this same place. this same me? even this dimension?

the view shifts as I approach. mountains. sea. blues and dust. it expands. I’m alone. the portal wood is old. peeling paint. stones prop up one post. 

I pass through. look back. into a different world. sky. clouds. space-ness. 

I’m thirsty. I walk on. sipping bottled water. I never pass this way again. yet I remember. each step—a door. and always different. on the other side. of each door.

this brilliant summer space
between the clouds


Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Photoshop Elements 12

This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt for May 30, 2014 found on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple blog.

The image that inspired my haibun was provided by Jennifer Pendergast of the elmowrites blog:

© Jennifer Pendergast

© Jennifer Pendergast

My response is in the form of haiga and haibun. Two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry. In this case a degree of fictional story telling (and a modicum of truth) has been used in the prose portion of the haibun.

I do not count haiku or title words in the word count of the story. Still I’ve gone past the 100 word count. I will attempt to do better in the future.

  • Haibun is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku—as I see it.
  • Haiga is image which includes haiku as a part of the image—image and haiku as one work—as I see it, again.



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