for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

Silence (perhaps a haibun inspired by Red Dragonfly)

Silence is not the absence of sound. A sheer wall in the mind perhaps. A blockade for the heart. One cannot hear a heartbeat. The whoozing of blood in and out of ventricles. Blubbering air in the lungs. A grumbling emptiness in guts. Random complaints from muscles trapped in passions.

Silence is a gaping space. Traps what fills air waves. Winds fissures of earth slurp. Secrets blossoms share. Coughing of uncouth machines. Grating wheels those dumpsters edging out magpies. The cawing of crows to be understood. Marble chirps colliding with fresh acorns among the pines. Sonatas on toes around the rim of dreams.

Births are seeded in silence. In secret. The first cry is a child of silence. Wakefulness its gender. Words its ears. And eyes.

morning glow
she watches tea leaves swirl
in the cup a bird
a quiver on an oak branch
a flight in the silence

(c) Alegria Imperial 2011

A morning exercise inspired by Melissa Allen’s sharing of her haiku and haibun in the current issue of Chrysanthemum. (Click on my blogroll for Red Dragonfly’s post today.) But for me, this is only an attempt at haibun. I think it’s more poetry outside of the genre and needs more work. I’m sharing it though as an example of how an inspiration springs and just flows or billows in.


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  1. Many exquisite turns of phrase in this, Ali– I like it that you leave it somewhat “uncooked”– silence resonates within all of us but how…we don’t know and then the compulsion to fill it or listen to it– thank you for picking up on my poem. I wrote it tears streaming down my face but in the aftermath, it feels whole. xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | April 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you for this wonderful comment on my ‘perhaps haibun’! I love how the turns of phrase strike you as ‘exqusite’! I do love your poem and I hope you read my OSW post, too! Thanks again.

      Comment by alee9 | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. “Births are seeded in silence” What a beautiful thought!!!

    Comment by Life: Between the lines | April 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you!

      Comment by alee9 | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. So lovely, Alegria! I don’t think you really need any inspiration, though. 🙂

    Comment by Melissa Allen | April 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Melissa! Yes, I do! I do that gentle push you give sooo well!

      Comment by alee9 | April 13, 2011 | Reply

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