Written for: dVerse Poets – Haibun Monday: Ekphrasis & Haiga (posted by Bjorn)
“For poetry the technique when combining art and poetry is called ekphrasis.
My own theory regarding this is that the picture and poetry complement each other rather than that they are mere illustrations. This is much how the prose and haiku complements each other in a haibun.
For haiku poets there exist a long tradition to let art and poetry complement each other in this manner called haiga, and if you study haiga you learn that complementarity between poetry and art is essential.
Today I would like you to write a haibun on any subject that you like. but you should illustrate it with one picture, and let picture prose and haiku complement each other.”
Grandpa Jake was fluent in Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish.
Not so much, English. When I visited my grandparents,
Grandpa seem rigid, and of stern mien. At holidays,
he commanded the table like captain of a ship. However,
after Grandma’s death, Grandpa fell to pieces. I remember all
the late night calls to my father from a frightened, disoriented man.
Years later in conversation with my Aunt Sylvia, I was
surprised to hear that Grandpa had a wonderful sense of humor.
My father and aunt grew up in a home where several languages
were spoken. I realized the extent to which language
could be a barrier to understanding someone.
blackbirds, bluejays, robins
tree branches bounce with life
different sounds, same tree