Barefoot Summer #001 June 2014 Haiga and Haibun for Sunday Photo Fiction

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Dream Points


yes. sneakers on wires.

i watch people. human beings.

she drifts down from the sky. arcing in from a distance. then centering down. within a few feet. beneath the sneakers. barefoot. gently. she wobbles off. disheveled. brown eyes a bit glazed.

i approach the entranced young woman.

“Are you okay?”

“Yes. Wait. I think I’m okay. What day is it?”


“Maybe not then. . . . I will probably be okay. They assured me I’d be okay. If I want to be okay that is.”

yes. i’m stunned.

“It’s true you know. All the things you hear. They remove your shoes and go in through the soles of your feet. I won’t remember for long.”

i’m clearly puzzled now.

“They probe our soul. . . . and spirit.”

i glance at the sneakers on the wire. she follows my gaze.

“Oh, those. This is a transition point. They remove our shoes when they take us up. They place our shoes on a wire or a near by post. As a marker. Those are my shoes. It seems we’ve always built roads that cross transition lines. They like to return us to our original place of departure. I’m from Saturday. June 25. This is 1938—right?”

first raindrops fall
into a summer dream
I walk barefoot


Altered Photograph

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

This is my response to the Sunday Photo Fiction Prompt for June 1, 2014—which is where you can see the photo that inspired my response.

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

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



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