Renhai Reflections 97: Paths of Curiosity

Paths of Curiosity

A Renhaibun by Zhanna P. Rader (zh.r) & Vaughn Seward (vs)

It is a cool summer day. The creek nearby trickles and gurgles under overhanging branches. Light wind sways an oriole's nest on the other side. I decide to investigate further, pushing through brush, stepping on stones... Suddenly I am face to face with a bear. It immediately rises up on two legs and terror floods my being. My first instinct is to run but I remind myself of everything I have been told to do in these situations. See what kind of a bear it is, for the tactics are different for black bear and for grizzly. This one is a relatively small black bear. It looks more curious than aggressive. I know better than to look the beast in the eye. "Oh, that's you then. Well, hello there. You are a beauty." With these words it drops back on all fours. I intend to hold my ground but the branch under me snaps and I loose balance tumbling backwards into the creek... Just then a flock of loud-crying geese swooshes into the sky, diverting the bear's attention. I regain balance, duck under the over-hanging branches and squeeze through, back to the other side.

A high-flying jet
leaves a trail, just under
the day moon. /vs

Grass tips nearly touch — /vs
a garter slithers through. /zh.r

Coal dark night —
with only three of my senses,
I search for a way back. /zh.r

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[This is what we are calling a Renhaibun. It is similar to a haibun in which a short narrative precedes a poem (Haiku). In this case it precedes a Renhai. Haibun are normally written solo and so the narrative is written by one writer. For Renhaibun, however, it makes sense to take turns writing the narrative. Check the notes for more information and to see which parts of the narrative were written by each writer.]


John McDonald said...

interesting concept

Borut said...


RBroeker said...

It is a pleasure to read verses like this.

Best wishes

polona said...

wow, another novelty.
thoroughly enjoyable

Janice Thomson said...

This is different yet most enjoyable. Neat to read who wrote what and how the thoughts and ideas flowed.

Devika said...


i loved the last one, Masago and Zhanna...though it was fully enjoyable! :)


J. Andrew Lockhart said...

what a great idea!! I love it. :)

Pamela said...

I enjoyed the whole thing!!

Gillena Cox said...


much love

Masago said...

Thank you all!