Here are some of the "rules" of writing haibun, as suggested by the Haiku Society of America.
Prose in Haibun
- Tells the story
- Gives information, defines the theme
- Creates a mood through tone
- Provides a background to spotlight the haiku
Haiku in Haibun
- Moves the story forward
- Takes the narrative in another direction
- Adds insight or another dimension to the prose
- Resolves the conflict in an unpredictable way, or questions the resolution of the prose.
- Prose is the narrative and haiku is the revelation or the reaction.
In a haibun, the prose can come first, last, or between any number of haiku.
Haibun also have a title, something haiku generally do not.
You can read some examples and see different haibun forms at Writing and Enjoying Haibun and More than the Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Closer Look at Writing Haibun.
I hope you'll join me this week in writing a haibun. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.