Walking Into the Future, Haibun

We walk through an exhibition, “Modern Times”—art and music of an age now past. In a museum, moments are captured, set, and time seems to stop. Real is what the artist sees; it has its own truth. We walk outside. The sun sparkles on the Schuylkill River, as it did in Thomas Eakins’s time. The rowers could almost be those he painted—except that now there are women rowing, too. Cars zoom by on the street where horses and carriages once cantered. Bicyclists and runners pass us on the path. Spring is moving on, too, and summer’s lush greenery is appearing. My husband and I walk west, then circle back, and into our future.


Spring buds and blooms fall

drifting like fragrant snowfall–

time moves in circles






















On Monday, at dVerse Björn asked for poems on walks/walking for Haibun Monday. I’m posting this for dVerse’s Open Link Night, where Björn is hosting again.



31 thoughts on “Walking Into the Future, Haibun

  1. I like the remberance of this piece. The past is such an ever present part of all we do. Just like the Schuylkill River. I visited my brother in Pennsylvania and observed it. It was very beautiful.

  2. I once lived only six blocks from the museum, across the Schuylkill, Spring Garden St bridge. A beautiful time of year there. Well, anywhere really. What a treasure.

  3. I love how you express the movement of time… when i took a course in creative writing I remember the time when they made us aware of all the times we are always in… the past, the present and our future… you capture that I think

  4. Lovely piece. I so like the play with time – the world unchanged as you come from the gallery, the rowers could be the same, (except there are now women rowers)…how great our progress, and how ephemeral.

  5. This has set me thinking about time. Not just the circles but the wheels rolling. We talk about the march of time and the chronology of history but at a personal and day-to-day level, the level that counts, it’s all circles. Works like a tank, I suppose 🙂

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