Submitted for Haibun Thinking Week 6


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 literature week and in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we are provided with a quote from him and photograph to choose between for our prompt.


Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

~ Dr Seuss

Marie looked at the mess she made in her bedroom and frowned at the clothing that covered every inch of her bed.  Tomorrow was the first day of high school and if that wasn’t difficult enough, her family just moved into town.

“Just great starting high school and being the new girl all wrapped up together.  How did I get so lucky?” said Marie to the stuffed bear peeking out from under a blue shirt.

Jillian, Marie’s mother stopped outside the open door.  “Still haven’t decided what to wear tomorrow?” asked Jillian.  “I know I mentioned this yesterday, but you only need to be yourself.  Come down to dinner in thirty minutes.”  Jillian handed Marie her basket of clean laundry and continued down the hall.

“Be myself?  That’s the problem.”  In the mirror, the shy girl that she has always been was staring back at her.  Continuing to look, Marie noticed that the way her hair had grown over the summer, it now framed her heart-shaped face in an appealing manner.  The sun had also turned the red into a strawberry blond and her green eyes looked bright in contrast.  “I’m beginning to like what I am seeing, Teddy.”  Of course Teddy didn’t answer.  Marie smiled and went downstairs to enjoy dinner with her family.

 Show the world your best

The world will accept your truth

Yourself, no better you.


9 responses

  1. Al says:

    Fantastic 🙂 I think that your Haibun says better than any other way can. The haiku that you finish with, rounds it off perfectly


  2. Great visual images in your work Maryann. Well done . Nicely rounded off by your haiku.


  3. Anja says:

    This just made me smile!! It really captured the quote and something all teens should read. We really need to look in the mirror and see our wonderful qualities. Wonderful!!!


  4. Danny James says:

    Nice uplifting story.