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my next world ~ a haibun

On my 10th birthday, my mother hid 10 gifts all around our 100 year old mansion and sprawling garden. I found one wrapped in blue stars on a high (higher than me) branch of a juggernaut of a jackfruit tree, one tiny golden gift sewn to the top of the dining room curtain, one hidden in red mittens inside the oven….you get the drift…it was wonderland and I was princess.

That night my mom said to me, much after I’d blown the candles and all of that…’ when you make a wish, have no limitations. Now close your eyes and imagine you in your wish’. I wished for magical worlds like the ones in the books I’d been reading , ones I could go have an adventure in. In a wink of just a few weeks my family lost everything. I got my new world. To the 10 year old me, who learnt to do dishes and get groceries, it was strangely fun. In a few months we moved across continents and I had my new world yet again. And again…

This August, as our lives go up in a curve we want to see plateau and our hearts scatter wishes like dandelions into the wind, I crane my neck to see around the corner. What’s my next world like?

My August calendar

flush with post-its pinned to a

staircase to somewhere


Mindfills by s.s. for

Eugi’s weekly prompt – August

dVerse’s Haibun Monday – Birthday

MindLoveMisery’s photo challenge

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesdays – Poet’s Choice #189

FOWC juggernaut


34 responses to “my next world ~ a haibun”

  1. It has been so interesting to read about different kinds of birthdays, and yours is no exception. I was fascinated by the gifts hidden around a 100-year-old mansion and garden, and would love to see what it looked like. I love the imagination and care that went into hiding those gifts, too. But what I found inspiring about this birthday, is what happened when you wished for magical worlds. I’ll remember that if I have a cake with candles this year. I’m glad you learned new skills and fun moving continents. I think that’s what we’re all asking this year: What’s my next world like?

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  2. Wow, how quickly our lives can change…..and change again. I really enjoyed the descriptive details you shared and the imagery. A wonderful haibun. Chiming in with Kim….please drop into dVerse again.

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words. You’re right. Life changes in a wink. I’m truly inspired by the dVerse community. Im in 🙂


  3. I loved reading this. That idea of a little hunt for the gift is such a great idea. Your mom is amazing, loved what she taught you about a wish. That no doubt helped you cope with the coming changes. That was priceless!! An awesome write! 😊


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  4. What a lovely birthday memory! Even though your life changed and you moved across continents, it seems to me that your family didn’t merely survive, but thrived instead. We are all wondering what our next world or life’s chapter is going to look like. I hope it is good for all of us.

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