Haibun: Beans and Bricks

A haibun for my prompt at Wednesday Muse.  Also posted at dVerse Poets Pub OLN. This is not in the style of anyone.  It is a haibun, plain and simple.

Beans and Bricks
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran

This summer, I am taking a hiatus from my cooking at the local food bank/soup kitchen. Instead I am volunteering with a local group that plants gardens on vacant lots in the inner city, nestled among food deserts. We spent a few Saturdays ago clearing off one of those lots of bricks, beer cans, broken glass, cigarette butts. Then we broke up the land and hoed it, preparing it for planting. Last Saturday we planted plants and seeds along with a few flowers. We erected a sign, “Community Garden” every day, some of us are there hoeing, weeding cajoling the hard city ground. We have attracted attention of children, older adults, and young people – all of them looking forward to the fresh veggies we will be harvesting throughout the season. I and another person will be teaching people how to make good food from the veggies – food to eke out their carbohydrates and canned veggies. I gave up my garden this year for this project. I count it time well spent.
seeds and plants grow –
tomatoes corn potatoes –
feeding families one at a time.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    May 16, 2019 @ 17:21:21

    I personally feel this is a noble pursuit 🙂 and can’t wait until the vacant lots are brimming with delicious and fresh vegetables! ❤️


  2. Glenn Buttkus
    May 16, 2019 @ 17:21:22

    Congrats, Toni! What a wonderful endeavor. You are more than a pale dreamer, you’re a dynamic doer; proud of you. The haibun is perfection as well.


    • kanzensakura
      May 16, 2019 @ 19:39:22

      Thank you Glenn. The thoughts of anyone going hungry or having to subsist n expensive, substandard convenience store food makes me weep.

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  3. whippetwisdom
    May 16, 2019 @ 17:28:02

    What a wonderful project dear Toni, so many will benefit from this and can pass on to others what they’ve learned too 🤗💖 xxx


  4. Grace
    May 16, 2019 @ 18:06:29

    This is a worthwhile summer project Toni. Kudos to you and the team for this garden and sharing the fruits of it to others.


  5. Magaly Guerrero
    May 16, 2019 @ 18:17:29

    A gift that doesn’t only keep on giving, but that gives back to the givers too. How wonderful to know that our efforts might feed a belly or three (while also beautifying a neighborhood). Awesome!


  6. Frank Hubeny
    May 16, 2019 @ 19:54:06

    You have certainly improved the look of that piece of unused land.


  7. robtkistner
    May 16, 2019 @ 20:14:03

    Toni, what a splendid undertaking. Major kudos to you! A wonderful haiku to wrap up your haibun.


    • kanzensakura
      May 16, 2019 @ 20:20:37

      Thank you Rob. It is wonderful working with a great group od caring individuals. And feeding people. It just doesn’t get any better.

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  8. krcc
    May 17, 2019 @ 01:34:39

    Wow, the before and after photo change is incredible! Great job in your giving of your time and strength!


  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    May 17, 2019 @ 01:39:26

    What a transformation of a city spot… but the people will benefit the most. I hope the kids like the garden food. Canned salted food is hard to switch from sometimes – like a bad addiction.


  10. kim881
    May 17, 2019 @ 03:02:40

    That’s a brilliant project, Toni, and what a difference it makes!


  11. Dr. Crystal Grimes
    May 17, 2019 @ 08:49:03

    A beautiful piece and truly worthy project. My husband often talks about the community garden where he grew up. So know that you’re making a lasting contribution! 🙂


  12. coalblack
    May 17, 2019 @ 12:21:10

    This is being done a lot in Detroit, with all the vacated areas. With no major chain grocery store in the city limits (!) fresh veggies from a garden become all the more important.


  13. signedbkm
    May 17, 2019 @ 16:53:30

    what a wonderful project …veggies, veggies, veggies…bkm


  14. rosross
    May 17, 2019 @ 21:07:06

    Transformation. Great to see and read.


  15. annell4
    May 18, 2019 @ 10:03:12

    You are amazing!!!


  16. Just Barry
    May 18, 2019 @ 18:46:36

    This is a noble quest you’ve undertaken. I admire your generosity of spirit.


  17. Ra;;
    May 19, 2019 @ 03:14:56

    Excellent idea ! There should be more spaces in cities for the production of fruit and vegetables.


  18. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 19, 2019 @ 12:19:59

    I love such an idea… and using the veggies is a great lesson…
    I must say that I’ve grown interested in pickling recently.


  19. mhmp77
    May 19, 2019 @ 22:37:41


    I count it time well spent.
    seeds and plants grow –

    Yes, it takes a large measure of our time but it is such a blessing to be having green fingers, Toni! Good luck to you!



  20. msjadeli
    May 20, 2019 @ 14:17:24

    As you cultivate the crops you cultivate beauty and sustenance in the neighborhood. I hope you draw the interested and watching in to help you with the crops.


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