Haibun Thinking – Writing Challenge Returns!

It is a pleasure to see Haibun Thinking Writing Challenge up and active once again. Welcome back. The challenge this week is “Film Week”. Write Haibun style using the following quote or photo as a prompt:

“You came here in that thing?
You’re braver than I thought.”
~ Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)

or this photo


Photograph by © Arthur Browne

I encourage everyone who enjoys writing to enter this challenge. My entry below. The above quote is my prompt:


Transport of Choice

It is said that to travel is to learn, to grow inside through experience. While admitting to the truth in this, it does appear my travels have lead me far afield from where I’d originally meant to go. Funny that.

The various turns in the road, chosen by my own volition, seemed the right ones to take at the time, in retrospect I’m doubtful of this. Therefore, there have been those lessons learned in my travels which have been painful. This having been said, I will now say that my favorite mode of transportation is and always has been – my mind.

Fueled by the wonderful power of imagination, I have traveled to any place and every place wished for – to visit. Imagination, my vehicle of choice and while some may laugh at this mode of transport, I find this particular vehicle ready to depart at a moments notice to the far reaches of my desires, and I … I am most content with this.


“to infinity and beyond”

yes he has it right


Just simply had to throw in one of Disney’s beloved characters in my haiku. I adore Buzz Lightyear and his wonderful outlook on life, cartoon character though he may be. I hope you enjoyed my Haibun.

Have a wonderful day, filled with joy and love,

~ Penny



Credit line: © Luisa Vallon Fumi |

Have you noticed that whenever you set out to write something regardless of when or where – there is one thing that’s never different? It’s you – of course! You are always the one writing your words. It is my belief that when one writes in a haibun style it does not have to be written in first person, even though I also believe that most haibun are personal.

A reflection of who you are. A poetic expression of how you view things. A thought, an experience, or a memory. That’s the nature of it. And because it is usually personal, this can be difficult for some. Writing in the first person about thoughts and feelings, memories and adventures can be hard.

But what if you were someone else? What if you put “you the writer” (that you are) into a character mode and then wrote from his or her perspective?

Want to give it a try? Write in the first person, except remember you’re in character!

Here goes:

The Setting: You’ve been out on special assignment for a month. The jungle is hot, and humid. Your guide has gotten you lost twice and you have concerns about the natives in the area. But you’re close to reaching your goal. It’s evening now … you’re exhausted and yet you’re preoccupied, the jungle fauna beautiful, the animals exotic but dangerous, what are your thoughts … don’t forget you’re writing as someone else but it’s still personal.

Take out your travel journal and write. Take along your sketchpad or camera, if you’re so inclined and write one or two (at the most three) paragraphs (your written prose) with your haiku included in the mix (if you have questions about writing a haibun click here )

When your finished and you’ve added (at your choice) any illustrations or photographs (not necessary), if you like, publish your haibun on your blog.

Good writing be with you,


penny l howe

The Way of the Haibun


Hello and Welcome to the Haven.

A place for introducing and encouraging writers to practice their writing skills using the style or “way of the haibun”. Consider haibun as a yoga style of a written form of exercise. Healing to the soul, calming to the creative body but at the same time bringing forth a wealth of thoughtful and artistic expression to written words.

My goals then, obvious ones. Offer the reader and writer insightful and enticing articles about the haibun style of writing from the past, present and future (we’ll be shaping the last one!); encourage the writer, helping to further develop their own personal writing style.

Once again, I welcome you! Enjoy the experience!