Whittled Words – Haibun Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Both the prose poem and haiku typically communicate with each other, though poets employ different strategies for this communication—some doing so subtly, while others are more direct.

The prose poem usually describes a scene or moment in an objective manner. In other words, the pronoun “I” is not often used—if at all. Meanwhile, the haiku follows the typical rules for haiku.


Examples of Haibun Poems:




by Timothy McGuire

Finally realizing in the autumn of this life the lessons learned are for the benefit of those who will come after me. Events, like stepping stones laid down with love, tears and blood to create a path of enlightenment in hopes that one will choose to follow.

life lessons learned

bricks laid along heavens path

for those who follow



By Indiana Shaw

Can you imagine in another million years, core drillers examining the earth crust, and teaching that this was the 21st century, as we can see from the remains of plastic debris found within these layers of the earth’s crust . . .

Self-worth was lacking

No silver or gold was found

Nowt’ but cheap plastic



By Indiana Shaw

The bumblebee does not know that her wings cannot hold her up. She flits from flower to power, pollenating like crazy, with no worries. Not expecting to fall or fail. Her tenacity and self-confidence amaze me as I watch her dig into the flower with a fierceness that only a bumblebee can master. I am in awe of her ability, her self-assured confidence and her work.

flower delicate

pure pollination power

flight of bumblebee



By Brad Osborne

The village sleeps. The tasks of day have been put aside. The body seeks to rest its weary self and ease the strain of the existential life. With the night, comes the quiet stillness of pause whispered in the cooling breeze as lullaby. The crops and fields glisten with settling dew.

just one little worm

squirms through dampening soil

his work is not done


I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Haibun poem. Thanks for reading!


15 Responses to “Whittled Words – Haibun Poem”
  1. beth says:

    I love this blend

  2. Bravo Brad! Smashing good my friend! Your sample was fab and the style splendid!

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    This style “The Haibun” is very different but I like the contrast.

    Your example was very lovely Brad. I especially liked these lines,

    “With the night, comes the quiet stillness of pause whispered in the cooling breeze as lullaby.” Beautiful Brad. Hope all is well my friend. Sending you much love. ❤️🤗❤️🤗Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you Jonikins! Much love in return!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure dearest Brad. I hope all is going well and this response finds you happy and more romantic poems coming our way. I do so enjoy them. Hugs and rose petals dipped in fairy dust. They are capable of great magic you know. Enjoy your weekend. Dream big my friend. Love ❤️ Jonikins

  4. Shashi says:

    This a lot. Saw something different and beautiful. An unusual form.

  5. Shruti Ohri says:

    Such a great concept, put up beautifully by you, Brad!! Definitely something I will be trying soon 😛
    Thankyou always, for sharing about such brilliant forms along with your amazing work ❤

  6. Jim Borden says:

    that is a clever form of poetry, combing two type. I liked your execution of it…

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