Yokoburi – dVerse Haibun Monday


I need windscreen wipers for my glasses and a windproof umbrella. My coat needs sleeves with elasticated cuffs to shield my wrists from the chill deluge. I need shoes that don’t let the water in, that are impervious to the puddles. I need to love the rain. I relax into the squall, lift my eyes to the skies, admire the lowering clouds, see them pregnant and heavy with fat, luscious raindrops, relax my shoulders and smile. My fellow commuters, marching head-down across London Bridge might think me mad if they took a moment to look up from their intense march towards the office, the coffee shop, the cafe, the next bus stop. But if they did take that moment to look around them, perhaps that might mean they were rejoicing in Nature in all her English summer unpredictability too?

Lifting my eyes

to the clouds over sky-line

I become raindrops.


This is my first attempt at dVerse Haibun Monday – and how apt! This evening the sky was cloudless as I left London, and it was beautifully warm. This morning – well, it felt like Autumn, with wind, intense rain and to top it all – yep, it was Monday. The haibun does indeed reflect what happened – I realised I was making myself tense and a little bit more than a little bit fed up with fighting the elements, so decided to go with the flow. And believe me, there was a great deal of water swirling in the air and on the pavements!

Thank you to Toni for hosting! I hope my offering is what she is looking for. I’m no expert at haibun, am a little ‘light’ on what a ‘proper’ haibun is like, but I think I’ve gone some way to achieving what has been asked for!

Yokoburi is Japanese for ‘driving rain’. Who knew there were so many words for different types of rain, as Toni kindly shares with us?

Why not join in, or if you don’t feel up to it, at least pop on over and read what others have offered up?

49 thoughts on “Yokoburi – dVerse Haibun Monday

  1. I become raindrops….that is just marvelous! I bought a rain/windproof umbrella several years ago in London during such a rainy time. Specially constructed and engineered to not peel back in hard rain and wind. I love my brolly! The rain in London and surrounding areas can be intense and sudden. And the clouds pregnant with luscious rain drops….oh how marvelous!

  2. There is such a lesson in this: I relax into the squall, lift my eyes to the skies, admire the lowering clouds, see them pregnant and heavy with fat, luscious raindrops, relax my shoulders and smile.
    If only I could remember to relax into all the little squalls life offers. Love it!

  3. I had not heard of windproof umbrellas, I grew up in Gothenburg and there I learned to use a raincoat and never an umbrella, but I have had my moments of enjoying the raindrops… The last line of the haiku is perfect… a great first attempt, but I knew you could write great prose.

    1. Thank you so much, Bjorn! I think for women with longer hair, an umbrella is more of a necessity – all those hairdos to protect! Yes, the windproof umbrella can be very useful!

    1. I did catch myself (very fleetingly) wishing for a bit of cloud on my train journey home, because the bright sun was making me squint. Then I stopped myself – how ungrateful of me!
      To not feel Nature, to not enjoy all her varieties – that’s so sad. Thank you for reading and your poetic response, as always!

      1. SMiLes Freya.. i can reLate..
        as i’Ve been on the S.A.D..
        seasonal affective disorder
        spectrum of craving liGht aWay
        from clouds.. and on the opposite
        end of the higher functioning Autism
        spectrum where a 3 am streetlight
        iS like A Sun at mid-day..
        and as side note..
        i’ve never been
        able to touch
        textures ever without
        eXtreme discomfort sTiLL..
        but i FeeL pleaSure equAlly
        inTense.. aS alWays mY Friend..
        iT is what iT iS.. as dreAm.. oh..
        and nightmare2… ReaL NoW..

        LiGht and
        DArk miX
        for Rain..:)

        (;.. ps.. WiNks.. i
        reAlly liKe thiS
        prompToo.. hehE.:)

      2. I have witnessed people I know live life with that heightened sensory perception – it must be exhausting at times. I struggle with bright, artificial light, particularly in supermarkets – it sometimes gets so bad that I can’t actually ‘see’ what I’m looking for. But as you say, the intensity of pleasure is somewhat of a consolation.

  4. Wonderful first haibun! I do hope you come back for the next one. I enjoyed this. Our attitude about the weather really does make all the difference, doesn’t it? (But I’d still like something to keep the raindrops off my glasses!)

  5. Thank you, Linda! Yes, the rain on my glasses is the frustrating part. I took mine off this morning – I’m lucky that my eyesight is OK enough to be able to do that! I do agree – our attitude to the weather does make all the difference 🙂

  6. This is a great response Freya. I love the way you write…you capture the atmosphere so beautifully. Hope you managed to dry out when you reached home.

  7. Thanks for reminding me to look up and see those fat and luscious rain drops. Your ending haiku is beautiful with I become raindrops. The blending with nature at the end, made this a lovely haibun to read. Thanks for joining us.

  8. I think I’ll always remember your haiku when I think of the rains in England.. look way up above the skyline and become a part of it..lovely!

  9. Wow, Freya, that was me many years ago! London Bridge on a rainy day! Your haibun brought it all back to me. I’ve given up on umbrellas now I live in the countryside. I just put my hood up and get wet – the final line of your haiku is superb!

  10. bowled me over with this one Freya and I shared that rainy day – brought the reader along here with every puddle. Magnificent imagery and image.

  11. Becoming the raindrop expresses your understanding of it and its purpose… your purpose! I love the progression of this to that perfect moment of becoming. Well crafted, Freya!

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