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THE HAIBUN GALLERY : 26 May — a Thursday feature

Updated: May 27, 2022

hosts: Shobhana Kumar and Kala Ramesh

26th May

This month we'll be showcasing haibun written by Harriot West

Here is our third offering from Harriot West’s vast repertoire.

Things I’ll Never Tell You

1. Albertsons carries your favorite almond biscotti so you don’t have to drive across town to Trader Joe’s.

2. Grilled fennel is back on the menu at Gianni’s.

3. Our favorite waiter asked where you were and looked surprised when I said I didn’t know.

4. Gianni asked how you were doing and looked surprised when I said I didn’t know and didn’t care.

5. The trillium on the Ridgeline Trail have lost their petals.

6. I don’t know how I’ll bear it when the wild iris bloom.

7. Before I changed the sheets, I slept on your side of the bed for a week.

8. Sometimes I cradle your pillow.

9. Sometimes I wish I hated you.

sleepless night

I google the stages

of grief

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Don’t you love the way this haibuneer has pushed the boundaries with this work? A traditional list-poem, this stunning piece of work sits so beautifully as a haibun.

So, this week, we invite you to push the envelope. Get creative and see how far you can gently push the form and stay true to it.


1. Only two haibun per poet per prompt.

2. Share your best-polished pieces.

3. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while.

4. When poets give suggestions and if you agree to them - post your final edited version on top of your original version.

5. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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