New Year’s Doorways: Haibun Quadrille

This 44-word Haibun is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, where the challenge was to use synonyms for ambition and change, and it is also a quadrille for dVerse, where Grace asked us to use the word leap.


In the past, I leaped into the new year with aspirations. Now I glide on the slipstream of ghosts. Past, future merge in star songs. I wonder if doorways are opening or closing?


Pirouetting stars–

old year leaps into the new

embraced by moonlight  



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32 thoughts on “New Year’s Doorways: Haibun Quadrille

  1. I think this is my favourite thing of yours! I love it all. You have perfectly encapsulated the effects of growing older and wiser…more thoughtful, anyway. And done it so beautifully.

  2. This is a spectacular Haibun, Merril. I love these lines: Past, future merge in star songs. I wonder if doorways are opening or closing?” Excellent! ❤

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  4. “Pirouetting stars,” aspirations and “the slipstream of ghosts” are such ways to show your own personal styled poetry. Merril, I look forward to more of your poetry in 2018. hugs

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