Written for: dVerse Poets: Haibun Monday #23, “Contemporary Cityscape” (posted by Bjorn)
This week I thought we would take the haibun to a contemporary haibun. It will be making a few diversion compared to the traditional haibun.
Still I would like you to write it in first person, present tense. Make the prose sparse but this time bring in the cityscape, look for the bad part of town, the lightworms of commuting cars, skylines, the beat from faraway nightclubs.
Walk down Sixth Avenue. Head for Minetta Lane Theater,
West Village, New York City. See crowded basketball courts,
with games in progress. Sweat, balls bouncing on concrete,
cheers from onlookers. Strollers and shoppers fill the streets.
Right before we turn, there it is–small grungy triangle known
as Father Demo Square. Congregation of cast-outs. Homeless
man with wool cap, mentally ill woman dancing
in sneakers and screaming obscenities, druggies buying
and selling their wares. Music blares.
sweat mingles with perfume
quick peeks at displaced folks
music of the city