#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry #Challenge, No. 304 #haibun #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity

Here is Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge #304. We are to create a poem using the picture below.

I came up with a haibun. It is a prose paragraph joined with a haiku or, in my case, a senryu.

Boughton, George Henry; The Lady of the Snows; Walker Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-lady-of-the-snows-97671


I sat on the bench in the new year’s chill, watching the ocean waves crash against the barren shoreline. This is where I used to meet Charity… before. The day it happened, I was late because of my engagement party. Although I liked the woman I was to marry, it was not with the same passion and depth I had for my sweet Charity. It had to be this way since our families wouldn’t let us be together. I accepted that we would have to steal our precious moments. Charity accepted nothing and refused to marry out of duty like I was about to do. My love was much braver than me that day. We had talked about doing this, but I was afraid. So, she left without me, stepping into the raging waters and letting this reality slip away. Every day, I went to our place, where she stood silently by the shoreline—waiting.

ghostly love beckons…
I enter her stormy sea
eternity ours

50 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry #Challenge, No. 304 #haibun #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity”

    1. Thank you, Jacqui 🙂 i enjoy seeing all the different takes too. So glad Colleen does this!

  1. Beautiful prose and a poignant senryu that “pulls it all together”. I’m becoming truly amazed at how so many of us have interpreted and perceived this painting that Colleen has chosen. 👏👏👏

    1. Thank you, I love the haibun form. It is amazing how each of us interprets that painting, I agree.

  2. Oooh, I love how the prose and poetry work together so perfectly, Denise. This isn’t a form I’m familiar with, but I can’t imagine it being done any better. Great job!! 😊❤️😊

    1. Thank you, Marcia 🙂 It is a fun form to work with and combine. I’ve done a few in the past and always been happy putting it together.

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