Rural haibun


View of the church of Saint Paul de Mausole by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent saw a cluster of old stone houses nestled higgledy piggledy around the base of a church, surrounded by fields in varied cultivation. The outsized church once served a large population until the advent of modern machinery and monoculture drove farm workers from village to city. Now he would see a rash of cream-washed pavilions enveloping the nucleus hamlet, each with its commuter car, testifying to the desire of city folk for a slice of country peace.

Constant  movement
Microcosm of history
French village life

This is for Haibun Monday 3 at dVerse Poets’ Pub.


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27 Responses to Rural haibun

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Thank you for setting the painting in its context.


  2. Bastet says:

    How odd … in his day everyone wanted to go live in the city … now everyone wants a slice of the country … nice take on the prompt!

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  3. The idea of living in a quaint little village sounds magical. This was an interesting take on the prompt, using the perspective of Vincent himself! Very nice. 🙂

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  4. kelly says:

    A great marriage of today’s reality with the painting…. Love higgledy piggledy!

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  5. I especially love the haiku piece for this, Viv, and the use of microcosm. Great write. 🙂

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  6. Bodhirose says:

    I love the “higgley piggley”…quite descriptive. I rather like the idea of quaint village life…none of that anywhere near me. I’m afraid Mr. van Gogh would find the world today even more trying.

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  7. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    Yes, change is here and reading your haibun, I realize there is a St Remi near my town and it is still vast country as well and not much as changed in over 20 years there.


  8. lynn__ says:

    “Progress”…oh, higgledy piggledy, you can’t stop it! Fascinating future perspective, Viv.

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  9. Mary says:

    So true, Viv. Your haibun shows us the ways of progress…..if we can call it that. Smiles.

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  10. Victoria says:

    So true–when I visited the farmlands of North Dakota in September, we saw so many abandoned churches (and some barns). Life has changed so much.

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  11. Like what you did here. A futuristic take.

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  12. At least the commuter cars and village life is better than the vacant countryside we have here…alas change is here… progress I do not know.

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  13. Kathy Reed says:

    It does invite one in…peaceful and serene, unlike Vincent’s life…poor man. Nice, Viv.

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  14. Grace says:

    I would love to have that slice of country peace ~ Thanks for joining our Haibun Monday Viv ~

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  15. Progress? Very nice Haibun!

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  16. kaykuala h says:

    A balancing act in compliance with and in keeping with human survival and desires all prompted by changes in activity and technology. Good observation Viv!


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  17. Suzanne says:

    It is interesting to speculate how the impressionist painters would react to modern life and the way the industries they saw beginning now dominate our lives.

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  18. Misky says:

    Nicely done, Viv. I’m still working on mine, and not sure I’ll make the deadline.

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  19. MarinaSofia says:

    Yes, our village and the surrounding area seems to be a constant building site, with more and more bland developments springing up with barely a narrow strip of garden to separate them. I hear the pain but can you blame anyone for wanting that idyllic landscape… which then disappears?
    I love the word higgledy piggledy and the fields in varied cultivation…


  20. katechiconi says:

    What they picturesquely call McMansions here; huge, bland, devoid of character or outstanding feature. The original villages stand besieged…


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