SIGH.fOR THE FIRST TIME THERE WAS A “magical widget,” and I had not the credentials or smarts to navigate the route apparently everybody else can. But I tried…


Haiku by Issa:

“Without you –
how vast
the cherry blossom grove”


My first halibun, and I had to look the word up on Wiki. Problem is, when I search

my mind and heart for a “you,” no one answers.  May be no one ever had that

experience.  The cherry trees are blossoming at this moment along the Hocking,


nearby, and I am a little sad, but it is night and cold and dark.  Maybe the sun will

rise as promised, and  I can be touched by beauty after all.


When cherry trees bloom

I know that the world is  still

alive and lovely.


About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 83 now.
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  1. You linked up successfully Nan. Found your poem from the Dverse’s ”Mr Linky”. The sadness in your haibun is palpable.


  2. I am both touched by beauty and sad at the same time also. I think I am inspired by this to write my haibun now, because I feel the melancholy here so deeply


  3. kanzensakura says:

    Hi. Team member Toni here from dVerse. I am sorry you had trouble connecting. This link is under the Mr. Linky so you are connected and linked to dVerse as I am reading this beautiful Haibun from you. I see that so far, no members of dVerse has visited you. Don’t give up hope! We all of us get to the haibun off and on during the week in between our other poetic and life endeavors. I truly enjoy that you express the still having hope – for that is what spring and renewal is truly about – hope. Thank you so much for writing to this prompt and I hope you will join us for other prompts!


  4. kanzensakura says:

    Hi. I just saw where another team member, Grace, updated your link so it is accessible. I used to have this happen when I first began linking.but am not sure what I did to cause this. Our administrator, Bjorn, is away for a couple of weeks so you can ask him for help or ask Grace how she updated your link.


  5. Grace says:

    I am looking forward to seeing that blooming as I am always touched by its beauty ~


  6. This is lovely. Sad, yet full of longing and hope. I love the haiku you wrote.


  7. Sometimes people visit one’s site only once you’ve commented on theirs. Not everybody is being good about commenting on all the participants’ sites. Just the way it goes. You’ll get the hang of it soon enough! Much love. Petru


  8. Nan, there will be an Open Link Night on Dverse on the 14th April when we can post any poem we like. It doesn’t have to be a particular form. I challenge you to join in. It’s ten days away so there’s plenty of time to make a poem, shape it and post it. What do you think? If you like I’ll talk you through the process again, but surely Grace will help to get you linked on as well.


  9. I really enjoyed the thoughts you shared in your first haibun. Hope you enjoyed writing it. 🙂


  10. SMiLes.. mY friEnd..
    oh.. thE iSsue oF sElf
    awareness.. particUlarly
    when the rest of the World’s
    feeLinGs overwhelms aLL of one..
    i used to feel thiS way too.. and evenTuaLLy
    even lost the abiLITy to FeeL beauty or Love aT
    aLL.. for 66 moNths..
    but one sees .. i FeeL
    for sure
    that magic
    is rael.. now
    or at least.. as
    and epigenetics..
    hehe.. as standing on
    a beach at the end oF
    July 2013.. iT aLL cAMe
    roaRinG bacK oN wAve thaT
    hasN’t.. and i have faiTh.. WiLL
    neVer enD.. as Ocean.. i fOr NoW…

    iS ReAl..:)


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