Haibun

hiroshima

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The clothesline is bearing the burden of a criss-cross patterned shirt, heavier after getting drenched in a surprise downpour. The day is lilting in its element, darkening around the edges and blurring along the contours, rising and setting with the turn of the clock. The slanting drops cut through my vision into a polyamorous light, filtering through the canopy of stringent off-white clouds. I am reading about Hiroshima. I am thinking of the drop that produced that cloud, one of its kind, one of its limitless rapture. I am swallowing water like the collective guilt of mankind through my gravel-like throat. The voice has escaped the realm of my mouth and I am holding on to this moment of decadent peace, perhaps awaiting its end into slivers of raindrops.

nature’s momentum —
tears fall down from a razed sky
in an even flow

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my vision splintered
by the slanting fall of drops —
a distant cloud roars

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For dVerse Haibun Monday

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7 thoughts on “hiroshima

  1. A haunting comparison of an ordinary rain with the horrific Hiroshima atomic strike! Your prose so masterfully encapsulates that horror in such understated tones. Your haiku briliantly complement your prose with striking images. A beautiful write, -HA! Thank you.

  2. I am soooo glad you posted to this prompt. This is such a powerful write…most especially like these words: “I am swallowing water like the collective guilt of mankind through my gravel-like throat.” Excellent descriptive detail and the subtle juxtapositioning to Hiroshima. A beautiful write.

  3. I too liked the linking of the two rains. There’s so much guilt in this story, on both sides, and we are guilty too, if we think it’s enough to say, that was then, but they didn’t know what we know now. We’ll surely not do that again. So people vote for the one inflated ego who threatens to do just that. Logic?

  4. This line is my favorite part too: I am thinking of the drop that produced that cloud, one of its kind, one of its limitless rapture.

    I admire your 2 haiku with the falling of the rain, straight and slanting. Beautiful haibun HA ~

  5. mhmp77 says:

    kaykuala

    tears fall down from a razed sky
    in an even flow

    There is a grave feeling of a letdown especially with the current trade war hot words building up! Tears will stream down!

    Hank

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