Submitted for Haibun Thinking Week 2


Welcome to 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.  This week the challenge has graciously used one of my photographs.

Chosen prompt:

Source: Maryann Holloway.  Dinosaur bone being excavated at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis, Wyoming.  Photo by a member of the Holloway family

Source: Dinosaur bone being excavated at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis, Wyoming. Photo by a member of the Holloway family

Joe climbed into the van and took a seat among the others.  Summer break has finally arrived and through this coveted internship, Joe hope to realize his dream of the past fifteen years.  Although he excelled in his studies of Paleontology at the University, learning from textbooks and multimedia resources wasn’t what got his adrenaline racing.  Even working in a lab with artifacts wasn’t going to be enough for Joe.

The van arrived at the location for this summers excavation work and the crew began unloading their equipment.  Even though it was only 9:00 am, the temperature was already unbearable.  Joe was glad he wore a hat and had plenty of water.  The crew gathered around their leader, Professor Legion.  He asked them to be less formal outside the classroom and call him Sam.

After receiving instructions, Joe and the others began digging and brushing away debris in an area that had been sectioned off for the summer.  He could see that the section had been already started so this summer the crew would be continuing what had been started the previous summer.

The digging and brushing away debris was certainly monotonous and Joe’s muscles felt strained every night but he kept working.  After a month of this work, Joe made a discovery.  When he swiped his brush over an area just before the crew broke for lunch, he saw a discoloration in the soil.  He stood and called Sam to come over.  Sam’s experience told him, that it was in fact a bone.  For the rest of the summer, Sam, Joe and the crew worked to reveal a major find, a sauropod femur.

Old bones buried deep

Tell us your ancient story

Teach us forever


12 responses

  1. Anja says:

    Great story and loved the haiku.


  2. Al says:

    Thank you for supplying this photo. When you fist sent it to me, I spent ages examining it. There is so much history in that photo, and you have captured it brilliantly in your Haibun with your ending Haiku a perfect compliment to it.


  3. Great story Maryann excellent haibun I was engaged and wanting to know what they discovered. Lovely haiku, well done.


  4. Bastet says:

    Great story and fantastic discovery…another haibun writer!


  5. julespaige says:

    That we may continue to learn forever – in our area when an older home was moved locals were invited to a ‘dig’ – Mostly joining students and a professor. Some old glass, coins and some beads were found. I went twice.

    Thanks for the photo: I played here: