Broadway

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Those boxed rectangles with bland colors offer some differentiation but that’s not enough.  The white is what’s important not what steps on it to stand out.

Unless those squares let white show through, there’s nothing they can do except to blandly block the view.

But then I heard and understood.  It’s not those ghostly squares.  They’re the victims.  It’s that deathly white itself, the very stuff I thought was pure. I almost didn’t see it.  Now I do, burying, as if it could, the light that would shine through.

     
            Empty restaurants
     Birds will nest in time for spring
          Water flows and falls

Linked to dVerse Haibun Monday. Kim Russell is hosting with the theme of Piet Mondrian’s ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’.

New York City from the Empire State Building

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

36 thoughts on “Broadway”

  1. Really cool haibun, Frank. I like how you get into the esthetics of art without losing NYC as your focal point, The haiku is exemplary, per usual for you.

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  2. I like your take on this Frank. You have provided much to ponder in this one. This line grabbed me, “The white is what’s important not what steps on it to stand out.”

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  3. Interesting. It’s the white that speaks to you and not the bold primary colors. This has been an. interesting challenge.

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  4. Interesting. It’s the white that speaks to you and not the bold primary colors. This has been an. interesting challenge.

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  5. A beautiful haibun as a whole. What sings from the heights for me is:
    “I almost didn’t see it. Now I do, burying, as if it could, the light that would shine through.”

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  6. I particularly like your haiku, Frank. I think of a city like NY City, and even Boston’s hub….as being hollow now. Cavernous because of Covid. I sadly think it will be a long time before restaurants, broadway, the Met etc will be fully operational again. A virus has brought big cities and humanity to its knees.

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