dVerse — Haibun Monday — following dark portends

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shadow ink pools
matte vacuum reflection
absorbs no light

Miraged oasis in the distance, the desert traveler’s pace quickens. Skin bag long dry, biology mandates relief to stay imminent collapse. Stumbling, she falls to her knees in gratitude — which flips to horror. A crow lands.

perched in dead palm, caws
to still-moving carrion
scant tears wet sand

She follows black wings, the only movement on a mercilessly vacant horizon. She’s not sure when she loses consciousness, but she awakes to cool night and a bill pecking her hand. It hops just out of reach, again and again, as she pulls herself up the slow rise.

dune hides butter moon
below, village fire burns bright
dark portend brings life

Corvus | Crow painting, Art, Crow art

This happened to me (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
top image link here
bottom image link here

Merril is today’s host for dVerse’ Monday Haibun. Merril says:
Today I want you to write [haibun] about a time you looked up and saw. . .something.

43 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, sounds like quite an experience. And yes, stick to it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Mary!

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    Beautifully done, Lisa–and since I know you have vivid dreams, I’m sure it did happen.
    Besides, you included a crow. 😏
    Unfortunately, too many places are like this now.
    Thank you for adding your voice today!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Merril. My pleasure!

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa!

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  3. Love the drama and the inclusion of a “butter moon” ❣️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Tricia ❤

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  4. Oooo…i want to know more about this experience Lisa. I loved reading this! ☺️💕

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I hope good things happen for her now that she’s crossed the desert.

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  5. Grace says:

    I am scared by that experience and wonder what it means. Love that butter moon description.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Grace thank you and not really sure where it came from. Hoping she’s on the other side of scary now.

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  6. Rob Kistner says:

    This is fabulous Lisa. It ended way too soon my friend. I loved the darkness, and the tension, and your mastery of this mystery! 👍🏼🙂✌🏼❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob thank you! ❤

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  7. rothpoetry says:

    A very surreal haibun, Lisa! The images and implication of the crow’s presence really make it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you. My head has been a little spacey the past couple of days and hoping this haibun helped clear it out…

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  8. K.Hartless says:

    Read the opening of an epic sci-fi. Brutal heat. Your images make it all too real.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      K, you reminded me I just watched a movie called, “Gold,” (on HULU) set in a desolate place like that. It was a disturbing movie and I think the residue was still with me when I wrote it. Thank you.

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      1. K.Hartless says:

        Did you enjoy the film? It sounds the sort of be into.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Enjoy probably isn’t the right word. It was compelling but difficult to watch in a lot of places. Have you seen Revenant with Leo DeCaprio and his battle against survival in the mountains in winter? This is somewhat similar but set in a wasteland like that top image.

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  9. Love your opening haiku Lisa! It led me on through the landscape indeed!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol, thank you and glad to guide you through it to the other side 🙂

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  10. Gillena Cox says:

    A for adventure. Nice haibun.

    Thanks for dropping by to read mine

    Much💚love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gillena!

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  11. Sadje says:

    What an intriguing story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Drought is cruel, and death is often the outcome. I felt that close here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is, Jane. A lot of my perennials bit the dust this year. We’ll see if they sprout up again in the spring.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    The above comment is from Jane Dougherty, and she’s not ‘false’ whatever WP says. It doesn’t like me at the moment.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      WP has a pernicious ghost in the machine.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    The above comment is from me, Jane Dougherty, and she’s not ‘false’ whatever WP says. It doesn’t like me at the moment.

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  15. M Jay Dixit says:

    So engaging and strange! Loved the butter-moon.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jay. Nice to see you!

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      1. M Jay Dixit says:

        Nice to see you too, Lisa🙂

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  16. Dale says:

    A guardian angel in the form of a crow. What a wonderful story told in Haibun style!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dale! What all you have left to follow are dark portends or death…

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  17. Nitin Lalit says:

    This is a strange, but a unique experience. You’ve captured everything about it in your haibun – the angst, the horror, and the redemption.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well-put, Nitin, thank you.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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