for dVerse Poets: A Haibun

Vanessa Redgrave is Cleopatra with her face white as winter, and her neck exhausted from the weight of thoughts, and she begins from a place of rooted pain, a rattling thunder, and then she speaks —

… his face was as the heavens
and therein stuck a sun and moon
which kept their course
and lighted the earth …

A breeze, perhaps her breath, catches her hair of thinning silver. It casts a critical shadow across her face, her shining moon of frailties. This woman, though which one I am not sure, as one is the other and the other is the one. She walks with crowns and condemns shadows to quiet -— into the size of dreams.

Are we for the dark —
a promise and pleasure,
a puppet for the moon.

Notes: ref to Anthony and Cleopatra by W Shakespeare, Act 5 Scene 2. This haibun is written for dVerse Poets. For details of this writing prompt, visit dVerse. Image is from New Zealand National Library. Flickr Commons Illustration by Kay Nielsen in East of the sun and west of the moon (1914), (198 x 150 mm), Alexander Turnbull Library   © Misky 2020


11 responses to “for dVerse Poets: A Haibun”

  1. Highest praise for this writing.

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  2. “ Are we for the dark —
    a promise and pleasure,
    a puppet for the moon.”

    Contemplative Cleo Misky… fascinating haibun! 🙂

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  3. Oh my, this is stunning. You grabbed my attention instantly with the first few words. Your writing style is awesome, and I especially love how you evoke some dark images in this piece. I love this!

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  4. I love this … Ms. Redgrave has always been an icon to me … actress and activist. A beautiful haibun.

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  5. I really love this… to write from the actress and the play and a sense of you becoming part of the play… great writing

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  6. The rich, literary depth of this haibun leaves me in awe. Brava!

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  7. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:

    #Haiku Happenings #9: Misky’s latest #haibun for #dVersePoets’ #HaibunMonday!

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  8. A stunning portrait of a mystical queen. I especially love these sentences: ‘This woman, though which one I am not sure, as one is the other and the other is the one. She walks with crowns and condemns shadows to quiet -— into the size of dreams.’ A formidable presence!

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid.

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