Submitted for Haibun Thinking Week 4


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.  It is all explained at the link above.  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 is freestyle so there is no prompt unless you wish to use one of the previous prompts.  This week I decided to take something I wrote before and modify it into a haibun.  I hope you enjoy Views on a Snowstorm.

Credit: CS

Credit: CS

Views on a Snowstorm

On a cold December morning, a young boy climbed out of bed and ran to the window.  Billy didn’t care if his little feet were cold on the hardwood floors.  Before he went to bed last night, he overheard his parents speaking of the coming snowstorm.  Pulling a stool toward the windowsill, he rushed to climb up and take a look.  Sure enough the mountain he called home was covered in crystal white snow and Billy was overjoyed.

Snow covered his world

Sledding, snowball fights today

A child’s joy, no school

In the next room, Billy’s father, Cameron also looked out the window.  He saw the blanket of snow and turned to get dressed.  He too was overjoyed because the first snowstorm of the season meant work and his family could certainly use the money.

Snow covered his world

His plow needed by the town

A man’s joy, his work

His wife, Julie rose from their bed and went to the kitchen to make breakfast.  Glad as she was for her husband’s work, the blizzard meant she would be home bound for days.  She wouldn’t be able to get to the office and there was only so much she could do remotely.  If the internet went down like last year, the work would pile up.

Snow covered her world

In blizzards, the roads are blocked

Frustration, no work

Down the hall, their teenaged daughter, Jackie was fast asleep.  Nothing woke her before her alarm and knowing about the pending snowstorm, she didn’t bother setting it last night.  Julie knocked on Jackie’s bedroom door on her way to the kitchen.  Climbing out of bed, Jackie dragged herself to the window and frowned.  Although she loved snow, a big storm like this meant staying home and doing chores most of the day or maybe more than one day.  It meant no school but it also meant no friends could get through and she couldn’t go to the mall either.  Last year, their satellite television was knocked out and the internet was down too.

Snow covered her world

No school but there’s always chores

Boredom without friends

 Later in the kitchen, the family enjoyed a hardy breakfast but each person had a different point of view on the day ahead.


10 responses

  1. Al says:

    Fantastic. I like the different views of all the different people and how they react to the snowstorm. Each happy or sad for their own reasons.

    I love how you did a haiku for each family member. Brings their thoughts to the fore.


  2. helenmidgley says:

    I loved how this flowed so fluently through all the different perceptions 🙂


  3. Anja says:

    Very creative. I enjoyed your haibun.


  4. Lovely tale Maryann and I enjoyed your haiku, very clever work.


  5. RoSy says:

    A nice presentation to this writing challenge!