The Great Adventure – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Kim is hosting the Haibun (prose + haiku) – the first for 2023 and the first pub event for 23 too, with an invitation to write about our feelings for the new year.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Fireworks and a Dripping Tap

Photo: Summer in the bay, one of several local bays, Hamelin Bay.

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein

The Great Adventure

So, it’s a new year? I guess we need such a boundary, perhaps life would be difficult if it felt open ended, a kind of nihilist enterprise. Perhaps, too, beginnings and endings provide a sense of continuity. But does continuity connote purpose or self understanding? I wonder. At the very least a year is a frame to hang my process of life on and make my way. I prefer to order my years around celebrations and gatherings, for me a year is about community, I need that.

Perhaps it’s about telos? A year offers beginnings but also conclusions that enable the mind to adjust to a time continuum. A proscribed year offers a place to aim for, a safety valve enabling a break, time to stop, an opportunity to change pace, or even direction. I find such rhythms helpful in navigating energy and health.

My days ahead are very full, it will be challenging, in the best possible ways. I will be stretched. I have come far, I now know that new years are just years and they simply my years as I make them, mother nature not-with-standing. I have also learned that I am enough, I am who I am and that is a good thing. For the most part a year is something to be grasped and lived as an adventure. Perhaps this year there’ll be for me an annuation?

time so neatly boxed
fireworks a beginning
the year resolves.



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25 responses to “The Great Adventure – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I think I will try to change my attitude and look at the new year as a great adventure, Paul. I understand the need for a boundary, but since 2020, one year has blended into the next. Your haiku encapsulates hour thoughts on the new year so well.

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    • I’m not wedded to that boundary, just musing about how others around me see and experience it, I too have lived a fluid life around calendars – no rest for us eh? Many thanks Kim, much appreciated feedback.

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  2. I could use some of that energy.

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  3. So curious cat here—why so full. Interesting plans?

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  4. sanaarizvi

    This is gorgeously rendered! 🥂 So much to love here especially; “For the most part a year is something to be grasped and lived as an adventure.” Yes! Happy New Year, my friend 💘💘

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  5. “At the very least a year is a frame to hang my process of life on and make my way.” Cool. I like also the idea of celebrating community, not just continuity.

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  6. A very thought-provoking reflection. Time tends to be more fluid for me.

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  7. I love this part best: I have also learned that I am enough, I am who I am and that is a good thing. Happy New Year! May it be filled with challenges and joys!

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  8. So eloquently expressed. It does resonate as I am tired of the boundaries and obsessions with goals stuffed into neat little boxes of time. Love the flow of fluid time…

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  9. This resonates with me, Paul. So thought-provoking.

    ““At the very least a year is a frame to hang my process of life on and make my way.”

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  10. lync56

    Beautifully reflective

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