Half-Arsed Haiku – 12 Jan 2015


On It Being A Very Blustery Day

Leaves and litter swirl,
tiny unsuspecting birds
waltz by. I dance too.

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku-a-day Time Glass #17, Dance

Was a stormy day today, dark grey skies, horizontal rain, but still beautiful to watch the wind at work from the safety and warmth of my living room. Saw the leaves dance past outside. I had the radio on and danced too, in the kitchen, taken back by a tune to the days when anything and everything was possible.

When I wrote today’s Haiku, inspired by the prompt from Carpe Diem and a wonderful picture of dancing leaves,  it reminded me of the scene above in American Beauty. Such gorgeous music and images. Shows us there is beauty in the everyday and ordinary, the small and the simple. The wind at work, patterns in nature, you just have to take the time to stop and look. Be mindful.

One of the sweetest shows I’ve seen in the Edinburgh Fringe in recent years also created pure magic out of just such simple things.  In Non Nova l’Après-midi d’un Foehn Version 1  puppet figures created out of plastic bags and sellotape rise up slowly and propelled on a current of air begin to pirouette to Debussy’s classic score. A plastic bag – way more graceful than I could ever be…



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  1. B i r g i t t a · January 12, 2015

    I wanna dance too 🙂


    • TheKintsugiGirl · January 13, 2015

      Go for it Birgitta! pick a tune, turn it up LOUD and then dance like a idiot until you’re out of breath – good for the heart and the soul! There’s a saying (purportedly Japanese) that I hang great stead by …”We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”!

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  2. adaspoetryalcove · January 13, 2015

    Very nice response! Love the video’s! TFS

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    • TheKintsugiGirl · January 13, 2015

      Thanks Ada! that scene in American Beauty has always stuck with me. Hadn’t connected it to the plastic bag ballet until I started writing. Both very beautiful and emotive…


  3. Hamish 'Managua' Gunn · January 13, 2015

    A very warm and nicely-crafted haibun.

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    • TheKintsugiGirl · January 13, 2015

      Thanks Hamish 🙂 I had to Google what a haibun was though! So THAT’S what I’ve been doing!!


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · January 13, 2015

    Love it.


  5. Rachael Charmley · January 13, 2015

    Reblogged this on Changing Skin and other stories and commented:
    The dance of the plastic bags… Look at the second clip -l’Après-midi d’un Foehn Version 1 – it’s magic!!

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    • TheKintsugiGirl · January 13, 2015

      Thank you lovely rachael – my first ever reblogg, made me very happy! The show was even more magical in real life. You saw him making a few cuts here and there and adding a bit of sellotape to these ordinary shopping / take-away bags and then they just came to life before your eyes and danced along with the music – sometimes individually, sometimes latching on to one another and sometimes it was a whole corps de ballet! Unforgettable… x


      • Rachael Charmley · January 13, 2015

        Yeah, rebloggings are wonderful affirmations! So glad to make your day too. It must have been amazing to watch…<3


  6. magicalmysticalteacher · January 13, 2015

    Dancing with the birds takes skill and grace!

    The Dance

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  7. TheKintsugiGirl · January 13, 2015

    Loved your haikus – especially the ones about the angels and the stars. Wouldn’t dare try and dance with the birds, might tread on them. We have a very inquisitive robin that comes and visits our new house – he gets so close I’m terrified builders are going to squash him!


  8. Cheryl-Lynn · January 13, 2015

    Beautifully written haibun!! your first video is a scene I just love in that movie that I have seen more than once:) the second video seems to bring the child in me out dancing freely. Thank you for sharing this. I`ve checked a few videos of this last one since and here is an interesting video with creator of this http://youtu.be/f-mEOl68LvM


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  10. Chèvrefeuille · January 15, 2015

    Dancing with the leaves, the clouds, the birds and all other living things brings joy … and a deep spiritual experience


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