Haibun: Farewell Major Tom

A second haibun for the prompt at dVerse Poets Pub.  http://dversepoets.com/2016/01/11/haibun-monday-5/


And now, except for video, movie, recordings, his voice is silent. Often called a chameleon, often wondered about – copied but the copies resulted in pale fuzzy multi-generation images. The Thin White Duke in the end was simply another man, another father who faced death and moved through the door, alone, as we all do. No matter who is beside us, the door only admits one when it is time.

In the harsh storms of snow, black and white realities, criticism, innuendo – straight, defiant, and full of brave color, the man who fell to earth stands. I am awed to have witnessed such talent. Like all rare blooms, the petals will fall and paint the white snow with bits of red.

Defiant in the storm
rose glows among the mundane –
and too quickly fades.

copyright kanzensakura

copyright kanzensakura

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 22:26:13

    Yes, yes, and I can not imagine less guess. Forward march. 🙂


  2. cindy knoke
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 22:36:55



  3. Bodhirose
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 23:00:53

    A fitting tribute to a rare talent and human being, Toni.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 04:35:48

    Oh this is a great tribute… and just as the last songs also all his recordings are blooming… now when it’s passed when it’s too late.


  5. Adriana Citlali Ramírez
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 06:30:05

    I love the tribute you wrote to a fantastic artist. He is missed, but his legacy will survive us all.


  6. writersdream9
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 07:51:32

    You connected the flower in the snow to this amazing artist. Brilliant art!


  7. Grace
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:01:53

    A colorful and lovely tribute to the man Toni ~ I have always wondered about his face but his talented voice and vision are unique ~ In the end he was just another man, facing death and moving on ~


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:48:00

      I am rarely saddened by deaths of celebrities but this one…made me weep. His face as unique as his talent. He actually resembled his father quite strongly.


  8. Mary
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:10:01

    Yes…too quickly fades indeed. As will we all…..sigh.


  9. petrujviljoen
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:25:25

    I only heard today about his passing. A fitting tribute to a superhuman talent.


  10. el34ax7
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:29:42

    Your prose is just as beautiful as your poetry, Ms. Kanzen. It’s been amazing to see how far and wide Bowie’s influence has been. It’s all anybody is talking about! Even my Aikido teacher!

    The coloring in the picture also reminds me of the Aladdin Sane cover, too. Just beautifully concise and a joy to come back to!



    • kanzensakura
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:43:59

      What a wonderful surprise to see this comment from you! I have missed your voice and hoped you were well. I think this took the world by storm, even more than Lennon or Elvis. Bowie was always before the trend and always known by different generations. He was never stuck in one image, one type of music. I am saddened by the death of this man I have known for 2/3 of my life. And thank you for noticing about the Alladin Sane cover. I don’t think anyone else caught that subtle detail. Take care of yourself. Don’t be a stranger my friend.


      • el34ax7
        Jan 12, 2016 @ 19:19:23

        Thank you! And I plan on being around much more. As awful as it sounds, it’s nice to be missed, even a little. 🙂

        It seems like nobody knew he was sick, which makes it all the more tragic, like he was protecting his fans. Aren’t we so lucky to live and experience his work?


        • kanzensakura
          Jan 12, 2016 @ 21:38:47

          Yes we are. I saw a few photos from Lazarus (on broadway) and they were accompanied by a recent photo of him. I thought, my God, he’s dying. I know that look. I’ve seen it many times in the past when working with hospice patients. It’s a driven look, a look in the eyes of seeing past you, a look through the glass to the other side of the mirror. You truly have been missed. 🙂


  11. georgeplace2013
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:39:40

    A unique and wonderful way to honor a beloved man.


  12. navasolanature
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:01:20

    That is such a profound tribute and it is amazing the creative forces in people like Bowie and your use of the flower image.


  13. lillian
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:13:30

    Beautiful tribute. This artist’s death has touched so many, across generations. And yes, surrounded by many, or some, or with one, we must all enter the portal of death alone.


  14. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 19:16:44

    There is such strength in this perfect tribute. Love how you took it there.


  15. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 22:39:44

    Beautiful haiku following lovely farewell. Your point about us going only one at a time through the door is expressed strikingly.


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