Dreams, or: Trampolines

A haibun

Having grown up in suburbia, I had the pleasure of a backyard throughout most of my childhood; and, of course, I always took it for granted.

After graduate school, I moved to Washington, DC to work at the US Department of Energy; and I didn’t give much thought to no longer having a backyard… I relished the urban life far too much!

From the US capital, I moved back to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, where I have now been living for more than a dozen years. Once again, relishing the capital’s dynamic urban life and culture, I didn’t give much thought to not having a backyard…

Then, when my daughter was not yet five-years-old, we moved to a new apartment, and our neighbors across the way happened to have a backyard, which is visible from our family room window… They even have a trampoline, which was wonderful for their children during Israel’s many, repeated pandemic lockdowns!

To be honest, I’ve come to find myself rather jealous!

pandemic lockdowns
children stir crazy indoors
dreams of trampolines

Go Dog Go Cafeโ€™s Haibun Wednesday

  • This weekโ€™s prompt is to write a haibun based upon the prompt word ‘backyard’.
  • From Poetry.org:
    • In How to Haiku, Bruce Ross writes, “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how one came to have that experience.”

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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52 thoughts on “Dreams, or: Trampolines”

  1. Haha. Time to have yourself a backyard for your kids. Itโ€™s wonderful to, isnโ€™t it? Every kid needs a playing space outside the house. โค

  2. Ahhh…my children used to have a trampoline and I loved, loved hearing their laughter as they bounced, flipped, and ran in circles! What a wonderful memory this evening โ™ฅ๏ธ

  3. Stepping out of the house at best of times, strolling in a garden can be balm. Let alone cooped with a near five year-old during pandemic. Iโ€™m sure the parents were equally stir-crazy! Glad you all made it through.

  4. My son desperately wanted a trampoline when he was little and wrote out a list of benefits and reasons why we should buy one. It worked! (Although I did insist on one with nets around the edge to prevent accidents). Does your daughter get invited to bounce on your neighbour’s?

  5. Respect my generosity, I will express it, Matsuo Bashล, like me would be delighted reading your travels, insights into your life in the form of a haibun…

    I can see her looking through the window out onto the neighbours backyard with huge desire in her heart.

  6. I just had this discussion with another Israeli friend. We don’t have a trampoline but numerous flowers on our 1/3 hectare property. Would not be possible in Israel, but you have the joy of living in Israel.

  7. Priorities shift with kids, don’t they? The silver lining to life sans a trampoline… no injuries! ๐Ÿ˜… They are fun – so are parks. Hopefully those are now open, where you live. Great title!

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