Haibun: ‘Isabella’

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The sea was writhing at Seahouses. Northumbria wild, voices calling on the wind blown from Hyperborean reaches.

And then you — your skin grey like a seal, matching your eyes, a lantern jaw jutting out like a promontory, unyielding.

So then why are you so kind? Because you are blind, like nature, the tempestuous oceans thrusting, reaching, for just one fleeting sight of your son.

Who brought me this far?
Providence cannot explain
Winter’s existence

Copyright Francis 2020

dVerse Haibun Monday

27 thoughts on “Haibun: ‘Isabella’

  1. “So then why are you so kind? Because you are blind, like nature, the tempestuous oceans thrusting, reaching, for just one fleeting sight of your son.”

    WOW. This is incredible writing.

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  2. I’ve heard about the writhing sea along the Northumbrian coast, Francis, and I would love to visit it when the pandemic is over. Your haibun is deeply personal, and I’m drawn to the story behind the person with ‘skin grey like a seal’ and ‘a lantern jaw jutting out like a promontory’, and so kind. I want to know more.

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  3. Thank you, Kim. My grandma was from Northumberland, had grey eyes, a pale skin, a lantern jaw… and was blind when I knew her. Later I visited Seahouses, witnessing the stormy seas, so atmospheric. The rest is licence. Thank you.

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  4. Such a spirited and deeply personal haibun romp, I really enjoyed the ride. Thanks for revealing your blind grandmother, for it fills in the mystery between the lines. I thought, at first, the storm was “Isabella”.

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