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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Madonna of the Flowers

Today's piece for  Maglay's Poetry for the Cruellest month
is to "Haibun her a tale" inspired by the glorious artwork used for the challenge banner 
"Madonna of the Flowers" by Shelle Kennedy.
I'm not entirely (remotely) sure how a Haibun works, but this is my effort.

"Madonna of the Flowers"

Winter bites with frozen eyes.
Mother guarding her restless offspring,
sleeps with one eye open
And dreams of warmer days.

 Enjoy :D XXX



  1. I love this! Splendid write :D

  2. It may not be a haibun, but it's very beautiful and satisfying to read.

  3. ooops ! sorry - I hit the doodly thingy without finishing..... your 'poem'/Haibun is awesome and sooooo goes with that image :-)

  4. I love that you used a season! Wonderful haiku!

  5. Great bit of poetry, Gina. I can see Shelle's painting dancing in it, and ready to freeze any threat to death. You said a lot in just four lines. And although you broke the rules (Why aren't I surprised? We must be related), your poem embraced the heart of the prompt... and perhaps a foot, too. :-D ♥♥♥♥♥

  6. A lot conveyed in those lines - LOL, you didn't need the preceding paragraph to say it!

  7. Love your interpretation! Your poem is short and deep but also refreshing. I guess I can use the word 'refreshing' to refer to winter now that our Nordic long, dark and cold winter is over:)

  8. Nice mix of elements. I love the Wintery imagery.

  9. I didn't know what a dirge was... now a haibun?? Hahaha! Another one to look up ;)
    I love (and didn't realise until now), the coldness you mention yet the baby still pink & warm, yes the madonna needs to dream of warmer days, she has given her all to offspring... and one eye open, the way all mothers sleep methinks ;)

  10. I love the personification of the figure in the upper right of the painting as winter biting with "frozen eyes." Fantastic.

  11. I don't know what a haibun is either, but I think you did an amazing job! Love the words you used!