The Flow of Words , haibun writing – an assignment!

By nioanto

Hi everyone,

I’ve been working on a blog dedicated to the writing of haibun for awhile now, but it has been ‘slow going’ for a variety of reasons. Today I’d like to pass along some information from a recent posting in The Haven of Haibun (this blog is still a work in progress – very few posts to date – but do visit if you’d like to.)

As for those interested in the ‘haibun style of writing’ read on:

Focus, Observation, and Flow of words. Key elements.

Consider the art of writing haibun from the singular purpose of capturing a flow when you write.

Your Assignment -Watch the flow of moving water in nature for awhile. Focus on the flow, observe its nature.

By vilhelmJourney to a nearby river, stream or the ocean and shore line. Even a fountain in a park will do. Any body of moving water near you. Take a journal along. When you arrive at this location, be in the moment mentally and physically. Take the time to experience everything happening with the water.

Walk along the water (if possible) for awhile. Watch the water’s movement. Observe the various currents. The water’s ebbs and flows. Whether rapid, fast moving swollen rivers, or gentle gurgling streams, notice the changes. The flow or flux (variability) of moving water in nature exhibits many of the characteristics with which we humans contend in our own emotional natures. There is a connection to be made here. You want your visceral experience to relate to your written word.

Think about how the water flows.

Haibun words should move in a like manner. While sentence structure defines how we connect words to one another to create expression and/or narrative, of even greater value for artistic writing is the ability to consider positioning or placement of each word used from the perspective of flow. A few examples:

There is a flower growing in the meadow.

a meadow flower grows.

Growing flower of the meadow.


Completing your assignment with your written words: Write a haibun that is a thought or memory of an experience regarding the flow of water. Sensations and emotional feelings can add much here.

See if you can match the flow of water to your words. Follow the general rules (read more here if needed) for writing your Water Haibun, (one or several paragraphs with accompanying haiku) and be sure to enjoy the process.

Good writing be with you,


penny l howe

23 thoughts on “The Flow of Words , haibun writing – an assignment!

  1. As I am not a writer and would rather paint my stairs, I shall l give this a miss. We all have our strengths and you are so good in writing. I admire you. Well you’re so good in painting/sketching too. You have many talents. Well, I’ll stick to mine: smiling 🙂 Love you always Penny!

  2. I’m going to pass for now, Penny, but you always have such good writing advice. I’ve just returned after a month long break. It feels good to be back, but the break was nice, too. I hope you’re doing well and it sounds like you’re busy as ever! 🙂

    • Hi Lauren. And thank you. I’m glad you were able to enjoy your month away!
      As far as this post goes, it was written as a private exercise for individuals to do on their own (if they wish to) not a contest or challenge. Just something to assist in the muse of things as far as writing goes.
      It’s so very good to hear from you, I’m glad you’ve returned. I am currently minus my own laptop, so making do until my new one gets here, which has been a creatively interesting endeavor, my friend! 🙂

  3. Wow, a new Haibun, I don’t know if I can keep up with all these prompts! The desire is there but not the time! Still, perhaps a few minutes will free up later.

Thank you for your thoughts!

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