Haibun: Wisdom Is Waiting

I am following a path that leads, they say, to Willow Woman, who stands in solitude. How will I find her? Stooped and ungainly? Or singing songs that she learned from her ancestors? Songs of leaf and twig. Songs of root and branch. Songs of drought and disease. In the absence of answers to my questions, I keep moving, as I have done year after year. My one desire—I have no other—is to see Willow Woman at last, for in her, wisdom is waiting.

Autumn afternoon—
in my neighbor’s tiny yard
one red rose still blooms.


Haibun © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #238
More Pantry of Poetry and Prose #2 at Poets United

Posted on November 3, 2019, in 5-7-5, haibun, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I love the idea of Willow Woman. And the haiku is exquisite.

  2. Roses are my favorite flowers, I love their persistence.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    Wisdom. I need a good dose of that. No blooms left here, even on the rose.

  4. How beautiful.

    I almost named my daughter Willow; I hope it’s her — the next generation.

  5. Beautiful haibun with a stunning haiku🙌🏽

  6. She sounds like someone I would love to meet. One of those forever souls that leave you feeling… more.

  7. Oh, I would love to see Willow Woman. In my mind, I can see her, upright, but able to bend when she needs to.

  8. I love the thought of the search… maybe that rose is left be her…

  9. A gorgeously rendered Haibun!! ❤️

  10. Your haiku is gorgeous! I find Haibun difficult–and you make it look so easy!

  11. Oh! I like your Haiku even more as part of Haibun. It’s as if i can see your thinking before you discover the words.

  12. MMT,
    I love the tenacity involved!!

  13. Beautifully poetic. Your haiku compliments your prose perfectly.

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