The Violin: Haibun

I awaken in a clean bed, my curls still soap-and-water-damp, but no longer tangled with tears and sweat. Kind people have taken me in–giving me a home and a violin to replace the one Papa gave me years ago. The one the soldiers smashed. It is old, this violin, and as I cradle it under my chin, I wonder what secrets it carries beneath its varnished surface, what tunes lie buried within the fine wood. I look out the window to see the stars, fairy lights that twinkle and beckon in the dark. I quietly hum an old folk tune, the motif of the piece I’m writing, blending old and new–a continuous and repeated theme, as in life, a melody of sorrow and hope. And now, from my window, I see the dawn– pink, orange, and red wings feather-brushed across the sky above the golden sun. The day is bright with magic and possibility. I am ready to greet it.

 

The strings laugh and cry,

sing music of many souls

through light and dark clouds

life twinkles brightly, then blinks

to fly through space, dance through time

 

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Lorenzo Lippi, “Allegorie der Musik” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This haibun is for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenge. The prompt words were fairy and magic. She is celebrated fairies and the summer solstice this weekend. Go visit her!

 

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22 thoughts on “The Violin: Haibun

  1. This held a lot in a short amount of words. You are adept at creating fascinating scenarios in a short amount of space. It captures the words in your introduction of sorrow and hope intermingling. The way it ends is beautiful.

  2. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 39 – MIRROR & HARBOR – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

    • Yes, I was thinking of war time, too, but I didn’t want to limit it to one particular time or place. I also had heard a piece on BBC about a boy, a refugee from Syria (I think) who was given a violin.

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