Haibun – Gift of Now!


I sit with my cup of morning tea, contemplating life that passes by with each tick of the clock.  At times a feeling of guilt creeps into me for not having spent it wisely. As I brood over it, the calendar flutters in the breeze.  Those flying pages appear to be mocking at me as if holding some secret about my future. Trepidation grips me, over what lies ahead in life.  The sweet chirping of the birds shake me out of my stupor. I realise that clinging on to the past or being anxious about the future has stopped me from enjoying my today. Smiling, I finish my tea, revelling in the sweet twitter of the neighbourhood birds!

Ink stains from the past

blur the picture of  future

present holds the  key!


In response to Colleens weekly poetry challenge # 35 – Past & Future


This is my first attempt at writing a Haibun!


Haibun is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story and travel journal.



70 thoughts on “Haibun – Gift of Now!”

  1. Wow Ma’am….beautiful morning post…love the visualization…sometimes I also think like this…regarding title–give something abstract like Chirping or Morning Tea…just a suggestion…

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  2. Wonderful Radhika. I wonder if you have a magical key board which gives such good direction to your flow of thoughts. Keep them coming, for its always a pleasure to read such beautiful creations in different forms. Well done.

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  3. Another literary form.. thanks for that one, Radhika!
    Believe me, I do this often, sometimes in the quiet of peaceful mornings, I wonder what the future has in store for me and yes feel a pang of guilt for the past moments spent unwisely. Indeed our mulling over the inevitable future or the past that cannot be reversed takes the beauty out of the present.

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    1. I think to a certain extent we all do that, it is but natural and human nature. But to let it intrude upon our today beyond a limit is what we need to be aware of! Living in the now is the best way to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life! Thanks P for sharing your thoughts!

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