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Piet Mondrian: Broadway Boogie Woogie


Take me back to Broadway at night! Let’s experience the electric excitement in street lights’ shine, neon signs blinking, billboards’ glare, and stream of traffic headlights or taillights in opposite lanes. Life in Denver drives on pulsating grid.

White delivery trucks, yellow taxis, blue mustangs and red VW bugs follow the streets, avenues, and boulevards of my childhood and adolescence. Dibs on the back seat of school bus! An urgent siren sends all traffic curbside to let a flashing emergency vehicle past.

Be ready with horn or brakes and quick maneuvers. Circle carefully around bustling parking lots. Wait your turn at busy car wash or fast food drive-up window. Go slow through used car lot…lit by aliens? No, it’s a police helicopter checking back alleys.


girl’s eyes reflect lights
cruise city on summer night
buzzy as beehive



Kim hosts haibuns and invites us to “meet Piet” on “Broadway” at dVerse Poets pub.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. memadtwo
    May 26, 2020 @ 19:53:50

    You’ve caught the pulse of the city. (K)


  2. lillian
    May 26, 2020 @ 15:19:31

    Broadway Street in Denver. Yep….this can look like the grid/map of a busy city. You’ve brought us there!


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 26, 2020 @ 15:07:07

    I love the excitement seen from a child’s eye with all that happens in a city.


  4. Frank Hubeny
    May 26, 2020 @ 13:14:36

    I like the description of the lights from the police helicoper as “lit by aliens”.


  5. msjadeli
    May 26, 2020 @ 13:08:36

    You created a lively world in your haibun, Lynn. Brings back memories of my teen years and my first car.


  6. Glenn A. Buttkus
    May 26, 2020 @ 12:34:39

    We have a Broadway street in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland too. I like the verve and colorful energy in this piece. I wanted to put more of that in my poem, regarding Times Square, but while writing, the focus changed; as often happens


  7. gillena cox
    May 26, 2020 @ 09:19:08

    Luv the contrast of past and present city life and energy. Lovely haibun.

    Be safe

    Thanks for dropping by to read mine



  8. areadingwriter
    May 26, 2020 @ 06:31:17

    Ah! There is so much energy in this haibun. The visuals are vivid and colorful, too!


  9. kim881
    May 26, 2020 @ 05:10:53

    Another place that sounds interesting, Lynn, Broadway in Denver! There are so many Broadways around the world and they are all different, but all seem to have streetlights and neon signs, all reflected in Mondrian’s bright, colourful grid. I love that it has taken you back to your childhood and adolescence, and that your haibun also appeals to the senses with sounds. A vivid portrait of a busy street, and I love ‘buzzy as beehive’.


  10. Beverly Crawford
    May 25, 2020 @ 23:48:57

    Were it not for the title, I wonder if this image would have led you to New York. Great portray of the city


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