Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Proceed with caution *

My sister takes us to a small museum on the quiet college campus not far from her home. There, at the back of one of the artifacts, a sign:

Enter at your own risk

a wardrobe
hand-carved long ago . . .
peering inside
I catch myself
searching for Narnia

The Wade Center
assumes no responsibility
for persons who disappear
or are lost . . .

A Hundred Gourds, 2:2, March 2013

* Above, a piece of tanka prose (or "haibun" with tanka instead of haiku), a literary form that—you guessed it—consists of one or more tanka blended with prose. It's taken me a little while to get the hang of these, but now I'm almost hooked. Oh no, that could mean another obsession. 


  1. I love it! Glad you returned safely . . .

  2. glad it's working for you!
    I did return safely. alas, since I'm an adult, I wasn't able to get very far.

  3. keep writing those haibun. You have a good start.


  4. Well, Adelaide, you may be seeing 3 more haibun w/tanka here on this blog in the not-too-distant future! J.

  5. Very nice! and what great subject matter! loved this one! stace