All The Souls Shall Stir – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun with an invitation to write about something fear.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Fear


“Samhain is a good time to celebrate the lives of all wise elders ….” Caitlin Matthews

All The Souls Shall Stir

The beady owl cries a deep hoo from the dry papered tree for the sake of the covered bones whispering below my feet, while mossy headstones pull me from my gait to their thrall. Iron spears line the way, rusted as bloody. Tentacles of ivy grab at my heels, as the witching hour creeps in when all the souls shall stir about me and merrily dance around my urgency. I pass by the gatekeeper's house and sense his gaze upon my back, not a candle to be seen. Along the shadowed road I see a hearse, its horses lathered in sweat, but as I turn and look again it has vanished along the icy breeze. If I run it will be too soon and give the game away. I close the door behind me. Tomorrow I shall walk the dead again, but not as tonight, tonight the past lives.

Autumn bares trees
cherry blossom memories
crane flies over me

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Note: in Japanese culture it is said that the crane (Tsuru) is symbolic of longevity and good fortune.


Filed under death, Gothic, Haibun, Haiku, life

43 responses to “All The Souls Shall Stir – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well written Paul ! 👍🤝

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  2. Beautiful prose and a great haiku to follow! Cheers.

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  3. What a beautiful and powerful Imagination!
    You are extraordinary PV!
    You can write on anything!

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  4. I won’t be joining you in that walk🥺😄

    Sent from my iPhone


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  5. Super chills, and the haiku adds just the right note.

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  6. That was spooky, Paul and a great haiku.

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  7. Such a contrast between the prose and the haiku.

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  8. Loved your prose and haiku. Though spooky they make bring a good take to the prompt. So lovely of you to share. Thanks.

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  9. Very ghostly done Paul. Love it!

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  10. This is sums up the season of darkness so well

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  11. Spooky and thought provoking, as we are every day of our life walking with the death. xx Michael

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  12. Good example, methinks, of what Frank was looking for.

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  13. lync56

    Spooky – but Im guessing Im missing something here


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  14. So wonderful scenery and well written 👌🙏🌷😊

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  15. Hauntingly perfect for the season.

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