The Only Way ~ ekphrastic haibun

The Only Way

This life, spent for so long in one place, was not a life spent at a standstill. The directions taken may not have been direct, but they’ve brought me to where I am, today. The shortest route is not always the quickest.

Knowing the streets in the towns around me like the back of my hand meant never getting lost while making deliveries when, and where, they were needed. There is a comfort in knowing a place so well, but other elements in life have a way of interceding.

So it happened, that my last time behind the wheel of a truck was on the direct, cross-country route that brought me here, following my heart to a new home.

falling leaf
taken by the wind
shifting scenes

This ekphrastic haibun is my response to Haibun Monday: Meet Piet,
from Kim at dVerse Poets Pub, with the prompt to write a haibun
inspired by “Broadway Boogie Woogie” by Piet Mondrian.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons – “Broadway Boogie Woogie”, by Piet Mondrian

37 thoughts on “The Only Way ~ ekphrastic haibun

  1. Nice work, tight haibun and great haiku. I wandered far from home for a decade and when I returned I found nothing but ghosts and new construction,
    so 30 years ago I settled in 50miles south and created a new home.

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  2. I enjoyed your ekphrastic haibun, Ken, and, although I have moved around a bit, I need the comfort of knowing streets like the back of my hand, which is how I feel about Norwich after 28 years. A new home and new streets to learn beckon to me too, one closer to my daughter and grandson. I love your haiku.

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    • Thank you, Lisa. Buffalo was the easternmost terminal for a mid-west regional trucking company based in Holland, Mi. The local delivery range reached past Rochester, almost to Syracuse, and from Lake Ontario down to Warren, PA. Some of our local drivers would put in up to 350 miles by the time they came back at the end of the day. I knew Buffalo (city & suburbs) pretty well, but I still had paper maps & a map book with me, every day.

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  3. Okay….the prose and the sharing of this part of your life is very good….but I adore the haiku it leads to! The idea of the leaf, fallen from the tree….most often does not just drop like a brick. One downward trajectory although its destiny is to hit earth. If it’s just the slightly bit breezy, there is a journey (smoetimes haphazard, sometimes dizzying, etc) that it takes before it lands. LOVE that idea!

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  4. I really enjoyed this ekphrastic haibun. The painting does look like it could be a map of a neighborhood.
    I liked the tight, but descriptive prose of your literal and figurative life journey, and the exquisite verse–that falling leaf is so vivid, taken by the wind.

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