Woodland Magic: Haibun, NaPoWriMo, Day 17

In my childhood memories, when my grandpop visits, it is always a golden-glowing, long spring day with an azure sky dotted with drifting marshmallow clouds. When I am perhaps four or five, he takes me and my younger sister on a walk through a wooded area in Philadelphia. We stop to eat a snack. My grandpop shows us how to rinse our hands in a spring that flows between some rocks and rub them together until they dry. It does not take long on this pleasant day, but I think it is an amazing trick to dry our hands this way. Suddenly, three horses with riders materialize on the trail and gallop past us. The horses are huge—or so they seem to me–and it happens so quickly that it is almost like a dream, a magical moment in the woods. The magic of the woods stays. All these years later, my grandpop, the horses, and the wondrous spring live on, a warm spot in my heart.

 

light lingers, pauses

capturing spring memories—

nimbus of white blooms

Henry Ward Ranger, “Spring Woods,” [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am taking care of three prompts with this Haibun:

The prompt for Day 17 of NaPoWriMo is to write about a family anecdote. This is simply a memory I have, but close enough.

Victoria, who is retiring from hosting duty for dVerse asks us to write about lingering day for Haibun Monday.

And Frank’s Haikai Challenge, asks us to use the prompt warm.

42 thoughts on “Woodland Magic: Haibun, NaPoWriMo, Day 17

  1. Wonderful images … and your setting of the stage in the paragraph made it even better. … and cheers to meeting 3 challenges in one!

  2. Like others, great images here – the details (like the washing your hands in a spring – the kind of knowledge grandfathers have) brings such clarity to this memory. Whether it ‘actually’ happened is not what the heart remembers is it? Terrific stuff.

  3. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 17 – “Today Seen Through The Eyes Of Tomorrow” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

  4. Pingback: #Haikai Challenge #30 (4/21/18): Earth… #Haiku #Senryu #Haibun #Tanka #Haiga #Renga – Frank J. Tassone

  5. Merril, your dear memories of your loving and thoughtful grandpa were like a short story, all wrapped up with a ribbon of white blooms. I loved your choice of “nimbus.” 💮
    Such a pretty painting you chose to add to your pretty words you “painted.”

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