Japanese form that intersperses prose text with verse – specifically haiku (13 lines with total of seventeen syllables).
Haiku typically appears at the end, but can come near the beginning.
Often in form of diary or travel journal.
Some Common Forms of Modern Haibun
1. The basic unit of composition – one paragraph and one poem
2. The prose envelope – prose, then poem, then prose
3. Poem then prose
4. The verse envelope – poem, prose, then poem
5. Alternating prose and verse elements
HINDSIGHT (pirate Haibun) If we knew then what we would know later we wouldn’t have gone quite so willingly. * When pirates appear in the Great Lake, the twins shall board ship willingly. * So it stands to reason that hindsight is always a know it all, and that ignorance is not quite the bliss it claims to...