Hold in place. Unwavering as the hurricane blows. Stand still when faced with a slap. Unbreakably bolted down. Absolute. Never cringe away. Stay. Forward one small step, your time. Crawl if you must. Claim your life. Take the hand that is offered then rise again. Unwilling to be swallowed, drug into the past. Drowned. Face toward what your heart holds true. Like a mountain through the seasons, remain.

Living refusal

thoughts chosen to unify

imprisoned by none

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

My first attempt to write a Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. For those of you who are know this craft well, please understand this is a humble beginning.

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18 thoughts on “Refusal

  1. Beautiful poem, Ali. I have never heard of Haibun before today. Thanks for teaching me something new. I especially loved this line “Face toward what your heart holds true”. Good words to live our lives by!

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  2. …rise again.
    Face forward…
    Strength and resilience ring throughout.
    I don’t know if it’s good Haibun or not, but I love it.


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