Haibun: Balanced on a Blade

What must happen to find reason on a ledge, peering into the abyss or seeking council in the poorly lit corners of the mind. Shaded, breeding contempt for love; pure darkness dwells in these thoughts.

                     thoughts of a heartstring
           life and death a beat apart
balanced on a blade

                                       A blade to target the tender point and teeter in the emotional sway. An opportunist, it strikes, I fill with heavy melancholy. I share this assault with my masochistic broken heart, then he too, is gone and I exhale.

                          exhale my last breath
                I double over and down
I feel life give way

                                       life gives way
                     and I am happy


Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story and travel journal.


Weekly Theme: Japanese Poetry Forms


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