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dVerse — haibun — Today I’m Thankful

I woke up this morning to a light fog hovering over the field. The temperature is even warmer today than yesterday. Most leaves have been washed and/or blown off of the trees, so the view out back is fairly unobstructed.

The bird feeders are full from yesterday. They draw in ever more diverse species. A young possum acts as clean-up duty under them, contenting his wee self on the crunchy hulls of the seeds and other crumbs.

Both cats are curled in their favorite sleeping spots. When I slipped out to run a few errands, they barely noticed. On the way back I traveled one of the main roads in and out of the area. It had been worked on this past summer for the entire five or so miles leading between the old highway and the lake. Part of the work was widening the shoulders on both sides to the extent they become safe for bicyclists.

Old man, new bike lane
Snug helmet, thick overcoat –
Bright smile in grey sky


Frank J. Tassone is today’s host for dVerse.  Frank says:
This week, let us consider gratitude: Its essence, those reasons we have for feeling it, and what our lives—and our world—may look like if we live it.

Use this as your jumping-off point and write a haibun that alludes to gratitude. For those new to haibun, the form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

Image by Sheena Graham-George

36 thoughts on “dVerse — haibun — Today I’m Thankful

  1. Reminds me of a roadway here that used to be a single lane low bridge – finally it got widened. I think it was because the last cornfield was sold to make a 55 and older community. And they had to make the road safe. As it was on a township border the two communities could never get together to ‘fix’ it. I’m happy they sort of fixed the road, but adding sidewalks would have made it even safer…

    (Oh in traditional sweet potato casserole remember to top it with mini marshmallows…)

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