still there.

This the sea, their shadows in madcap deaths; where is the garden beyond the moon, which leaves a ghost that I once knew as myself? I sway between finger and root; small hands desert me in memory

free, I am not the skin
of your lip, tree,
and I am not looking now

to be dead and wink as I’ll see the moon across the flowers and yet with dreams, they are a corking perfume; I would forget from this planet dream. A gleam for a woman unlike the years, I lie in the cruelest despair (not) from my dream, eras nine or more whenever, I’m still there.

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Written for the dVerse prompt: Write a haibun following the theme of a new beginning or new year.

Seemingly a dark poem, but it’s about my own reflection of letting go from memories and people.


32 thoughts on “still there.

  1. This is a haunting piece, Lucy and I like the way you’ve played with the haiku structure a little so everything is unexpected and catches the reader off guard. Love the look of your new site, too!

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    1. You’re definitely right, letting go and falling apart. There’s a metamorphosis in both and I did entwine those themes as well. Thank you so much for your feedback and analysis. ❤

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  2. A poem of letting go, as you said, and perhaps rising from dreams? This was my favorite line:
    “I am not looking now
    to be dead and wink as I’ll see the moon across the flower”. Beautiful and hopeful, to me, but then I hear the moon humming, so. . .😏

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    1. Rising from dreams for sure, and maybe rising above them too? Dreams cannot always be dreams. 😀

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Merril. I hope the start of your 2021 has been well!

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  3. Another fresh blog look (you & Lisa) I applaud your audacity with the form. Sometimes I place the haiku in the middle, or have 2-3 haiku. We should incorporate style from classic forms, not be enslaved by them. I liked ” I sway between finger and root; small hands desert me in memory.” I always look forward to reading your work.

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    1. Hahaha, thank you Misky! The imagery is just what comes to my mind and what I see. Emotionally, it clicks for me but realistically, it doesn’t. I like to think of it as the sway of leaves and nature changing among doubt while still ambivalent, if that makes sense. I’m glad you enjoyed that line. ❤

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  4. I’m with Misky, I love the image of swaying between finger and root. You are “still there” though I feel as always with your poems, you are a mist in the trees, just barely there, but watching everything with pen in hand! 🖋

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  5. Nicely done Lucy. I am sure this year has made us all take assessment of our mortality. I loved your image of lying in state ….”and I am not looking now

    to be dead and wink as I’ll see the moon across the flowers and yet with dreams,”

    winking as you see the moon shining through the window!

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  6. I really like the structure of your haibun, Lucy, with the haiku and self-exploration at its heart. I too have swayed ‘between finger and root’. Whose small hands are those that desert in memory?

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I’d like to think the small hands are indicative of anyone or anything that could have been holding me back. 🙂 Sort of letting go of it and letting it leave.

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  7. A different approach for the haibun. It is more cryptic than most but I love the language and especially this line…”where is the garden beyond the moon, which leaves a ghost that I once knew as myself?” I visualized this whimsical place of reflection and growth

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