Fairy Fiddlehead Haibun

[Sh]e was a poet; and they are never exactly grown-up.
J.M. Barrie

Furled Ferns

Walking in the woods today, I listened for the music of the wind. I heard the crescendo of growing things, and a soft decrescendo of falling magnolia petals. Trees in leaf harmonized with delicious sap running, after a long frozen winter. Squirrel feet danced so fast, they seemed to be touching only clouds. Bees, drunk with plentiful nectar, wobbled in flight. Landing on pear blossoms, the bees turned round as though tumbling down hillsides, spinning, dizzy, buzzy.

stretching straight sunshine-ward
furled fairy fiddlehead,
music makes me merry

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: A haibun is prose followed by poetry, often a haiku. If any of my other haibun-writing friends are parched from a reduction in prompts, feel free to take my picture or the quote as a prompt, and write your own haibun, just please give my name as the photographer. Ping me or leave a comment here, and I will be happy to read it! I don’t know how to do the linky, so I can’t offer that. The quote was originally “He” not “[Sh]e” so it can be either way.

58 thoughts on “Fairy Fiddlehead Haibun

  1. I have been writing a fair bit of haibun lately as well, although I haven’t posted any on my blog, mainly sent them to haibun sites. Just a small comment that I’ve found helpful – try to keep the writing in the present tense. It’s traditional, and gives the haibun more immediacy. I love what you are doing.


  2. Love love love!!!!!! My favorite time to photograph them is when they are fiddle heads:-) And they are very tasty Brenda…a little butter…yum!!!!! PS Our budget passed!!! Thanks for your prayers and support!!!❤️❤️❤️


  3. This was a pleasant little ‘ditty’ with fiddles included! I am so glad you included the quote and feel that is a great way to recognize how we all have a little child in us! Smiles, Robin


    • That is a fern: the shape it make before the leaf fully opens is a fiddlehead, and it appeals to me because my son plays fiddle. The woods are full of the fiddlehead shape at the moment, although all the ferns will have fully opened within days. 🙂 Thanks for commenting! Brenda


  4. What a beautiful description of your walk – such good prose Brenda!! I hope I have a day like that soon, we have some sunshine, but a lot grey rain at the moment. Still, the earth has to drink, and so do we! 🙂


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