postcard of barefoot life

Chèvre at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompts us to write a “kikobun” (traveling haibun) on “gypsy” theme. Here’s my interpretation!


In my dream, I’m captured as a young girl by gypsies while visiting Europe. I leave walking trail to pick wild flowers in wooded area and am taken away by Romani people in a brightly painted wagon pulled by dappled horse. We wander the Van Gogh landscape of hilly vineyards and loose haystacks humped in fields, finding temporary day work for local farmers. Every evening, we circle round the flickering campfire, listening to lively songs and loud stories. I join in the dances, wearing my head scarf, peasant blouse and flowing skirt; barefoot in the dirt. 


gold bangle bracelets

gypsy smiles flash in firelight

accordion plays




free vintage clip art








7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chèvrefeuille
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 15:13:57

    I feel that I am part of this wonderful scene. I can hear the music and sense the love that unconditional love of a gypsy.


  2. Camie
    Apr 12, 2018 @ 10:22:07

    Sounds delightful!


  3. erbiage
    Apr 12, 2018 @ 02:05:47

    there is something so Alive in this!


  4. mango fauna
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 15:13:34

    “I join in the dances, wearing my head scarf, peasant blouse and flowing skirt; barefoot in the dirt.” … Ahhh, YES! I love this.


  5. kim881
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 13:21:31

    I love the idea of wandering in a van Gogh landscape, Lynn, and I’ve always wanted to take a trip in a Romani caravan. My husband and I stayed somewhere – I wish I could remember the place – where they had one in the yard for visitors to ‘glamp’ in.
    ‘gypsy smiles flash in firelight’ is a wonderful line.


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