Submitted for Haibun Thinking Week 1


Welcome to the very first Haibun Thinking. A weekly writing challenge to create verse, prose and haiku using prompts from all areas of art including – but not limited to – movies, songs, art, photography etc.

At the link above, you choose between two prompts.  There is a link tool to submit your haibun.  If you don’t know how to write the form haibun, there is information about it at the link above too.  I certainly did not and here is my first try at this form of prose and poetry.

Chosen prompt:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Shelby climbed into the back seat and fastened her seat belt.  Starting the car, her father waited for his wife to store the last bag.  It was the first Saturday in July and the start of the dreaded family vacation.  Shelby’s friends would be at the beach this summer or somewhere else exciting.  Mark and Carolyn Fox were always trying to combine fun and education for the family vacations but in Shelby’s mind, it usually fell short of fun.  She knew that this summer would be no different.  They’ll be in the car for about twelve boring hours but at least she brought her IPAD.

An hour after driving onto the interstate, Carolyn looked up in amazement.  Every color imaginable filled the clear sky.  It was a hot air balloon festival and Mark and Carolyn talked about the experience and whether they would try it one day.  In the backseat, Shelby looked down at her screen while her head nodded to music heard through her headphones.

After stopping for lunch, it was Carolyn’s turn to drive.    Having reached the mountainous part of their travel, there was so much to see.  In the distance, the sun shining on the mountains was breathtaking.  After awhile, they came upon a crystal blue lake nestled between two mountains.  Mark and Carolyn said “God’s Country” at the same time.  This made them smile at each other.  In the back, Shelby reached level 14 in Angry Birds and listened to her favorite Green Day song.

Electronics off

The whole world is your tablet

Look up see wonder


22 responses

  1. Al says:

    That … is perfect 😀


  2. Anja says:

    Written wonderfully and really is a good description as to what I see with many of the kids I work with. I am thankful when I went on roadtrips with my children I only packed reading and coloring books. Even now they look through a lens when we travel but of a camera. 🙂


  3. julespaige says:

    I didn’t have any electronics when we had family road trips down the coast to visit grandparents. I remember playing the ABC’s game (finding letters in order), seeing how many different licence plates you could find, or Eye Spy. The radio was up front and drivers choice. Maybe that’s why I still like looking out the window? Your haiku is a great summation of this current generation.

    For your entertainment at your leisure mine is here:


  4. This is very well written and I did connect with the issues of children on road trips and you conveyed your own wonder at where you were driving….lovely haiku as well.


  5. Danny James says:

    No IPADS when our family vacation. But riding in the backseat I would be the first to correctly guess the make and model of an oncoming car.



    • We play spot the license plate from the furthest from our home state; but when someone gets a car that must have been shipped from Europe and has a plate from there, its like a cue de ta.


  6. Brenda says:

    I remember reading Jane Eyre on an interminable drive from NY to MN when I was maybe 16. My dad said: “Brenda, we’re going through Chicago. You’ve never seen Chicago.” I looked up, looked around, saw a bunch of highways, went back to my book. My poor dad. He still talks about that. But honestly, you’ve seen one highway, you’ve seen them all. LOL


  7. paulscribbles says:

    The whole world is indeed your tablet. Wonderful Haiku to end this lovely piece.


  8. Ah, yes, wonderful description of the horrors we inflict on our children!
    AnElephant chuckles.


  9. RoSy says:

    iEnjoyed this one 🙂


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