Haibun: My Tree

A haibun for the theme of solitude at dVerse. This is in the style of the original haibun created by Basho – not a lot of description and words. Just the experience.

My Tree
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg

Being alone in a tree is heaven to me. There is one in our woods I climb on a regular basis. I sit there enthroned in his branches watching the clouds, listening to the sounds of woods creatures around me. In any weather I love sitting alone. Sometimes I take my violin and play for the tree. I think he likes it.
birds fly and make nests –
a fox passes at the base –
seasons pass in my tree.


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 15:19:14

    Oh what a great way to seek solitude in the company of a tree… and the violin to make friend with nature.


  2. kim881
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 15:22:53

    That’s a great quote about trees, Toni – you know how much I love them! I also love the image I have of you up in a tree with your violin. I imagine your tree grows beautifully and sometimes sings back to you with his branches and leaves. It’s amazing what you can see from a tree.


  3. Christine Bolton
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 15:49:03

    What a beautiful image! playing your violin in the tree. Sounds delightful ☺️


  4. Charmed Chaos
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 16:57:39

    Toni- I love the thought of you in your tree with your violin. Really beautiful.


  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 16:58:34

    An exquisite haibun and killer haiku. You have talked about, mentioned your tree perch and solo violin concerts before,. but this time it is all so vivid and sweet.


  6. Carol J Forrester
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 17:19:26

    There’s something so rewarding about finding a good tree.


  7. msjadeli
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 17:44:27

    “Seasons pass in my tree” you have communed with your friend, the tree, watching the seasons pass. I love this so much.


  8. Gina
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 17:57:15

    i like your observations high up in your throne, as the seasons pass, that tree flourishes due to your music


  9. Sabio Lantz
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 20:18:10

    Wow, sitting in a tree with your violin — amazing. Respect.
    I have loved climbing, but may I am at an age where I have grown wise enough (or old) enough to sit and enjoy — sounds great. I will take my flute. Cool story.


  10. robtkistner
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 20:36:09

    This was very uplifting Toni (and no pun intended). It was refreshing to read about your tree escape. It has been so many years since i have been able to flimb a tree. Thank you for taking me up with you in your haiku. And a violin, what a wonderful image that is – very cool!


  11. V.J. Knutson
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 05:25:12

    Amazing! This is why my heart belongs to the willow tree – days spent perched in her branches, viewing the world from a secluded perspective, describes my childhood.


  12. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 10:04:21

    Lucky you to have such a friend 🙂


  13. sarahsouthwest
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 11:06:52

    Sparse and beautiful. I have learned so much from your knowledge of Japanese verse forms.


  14. rothpoetry
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 12:31:50

    Trees are really special. Especially those with twisted character that allows branches to be accessible. Your line…seasons pass in my tree… is very good!


  15. alisonhankinson
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 14:55:03

    I love trees and it seems fitting that you should climb one, but I fear if I tried this I might end up with broken limbs…


  16. Adriana Citlali Ramírez
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 15:14:16

    I love the idea of time passing, while been alone on a tree.


  17. Nora
    Feb 05, 2019 @ 23:54:26

    What a lovely tribute to your tree and to your love for it.


  18. ladynyo
    Feb 06, 2019 @ 12:06:40

    Simple, direct and oh, so beautiful. Straight to my heart.


  19. M. Oniker
    Feb 06, 2019 @ 13:56:43

    You captured Basho! And your world!


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