Impossible Dream

Impossible Dream
a Haibun

It was an almost-full moon that night, but in spite of the brightness, stars were visible in the western sky. Ocean breakers crashed on the shores of Newport Beach. Across the room my sister slept soundly, but from my bed by the window, I watched the night sky. Sleep evaded me, knowing that the next day we would be returning home where I would complete packing for a life journey that would take me to places unknown for the remainder of my life. The song, “Impossible Dream,” played over and over in my mind—a song that we had sung a mere three months earlier for High School graduation. I had no idea then how that dream would unfold in the years to come. I was so young.

moon draws ocean tides
breakers destroy sand castles
morning calm brings peace


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Kanzen Sakura invites us to write today’s Monday Haibun for dVerse considering the night sky.  She asks for a single paragraph of non-fiction prose that is crowned by a Haiku, incorporating nature. Please join in.


21 thoughts on “Impossible Dream

  1. Anita Lubesh says:

    Lovely scenes in your prose set to ponder what life holds and a prelude of hope above us before the morning. Stunning haiku.


  2. lynn__ says:

    A beautiful perspective of stars and sandcastles on the edge of life’s tidal change; just the right balance of nostalgia and anticipation.


  3. I love the song “Impossible Dream,” and you’ve written a beautiful haibun!


  4. whimsygizmo says:

    The middle line of your ‘ku says it all, I think, Victoria. Those sand castles go down, and we still stand. And OH, how young we were.


  5. lillian says:

    Oh those days and nights when our entire lives lie ahead of us – unknown, dreams to be had and make true.
    And I love the three lines of the haiku – all related to the moon and its pull and presence in our lives.


  6. maria says:

    I echo Bjorn on this one. There are really times when we do’t know what’s going to happen… but the possibilities are always endless.


  7. Sumana Roy says:

    love this contrast of a peaceful slumber and breakers crashing upon the shore, a great force at play…one could feel the beating of a young heart, to be out in the world soon, wakeful and amazed at this alive night…so beautifully penned….


  8. I liked this very much. As clear a memory as the night sky on a cloudless night.


  9. Star Nurturing
    Star Monastery
    sAme.. covers oF
    Free rules oF led..
    BrinGer oF
    New noon nun
    Freedom sAid..

    Freedom SinGS
    starlit moon
    hAir reMains..:)

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  10. kim881 says:

    A wonderful memory, beautifully written!


  11. rosemawrites says:

    the story wrapped carefully in this lovely piece sounds scary and yet also hopeful. ❤ love it!


  12. Sherry Marr says:

    I can clearly see and feel the young woman’s emotions through your words. Wonderful!


  13. Baydreamer says:

    Wonderfully written with vivid imagery and anticipation of a new future! Love that song too!
    ~Lauren ❤️


  14. Grace says:

    I can relate to your journey too Victoria – those journeys can certainly take us to places. hopefully that morning calm brings peace.


  15. Nan Mykel says:

    Oooh, good one! I liked the way the haiku outlined a life, and how knowing it’s years later sort of brings [me] relief.

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  16. kanzensakura says:

    I love this haibun of yours and the haiku is exquisite. How scary the world must have seemed to you but oh, how exciting as well. The ocean breakers outside your window, your sister sleeping across the hall. How wonderful the contrast between between the future and the present. This is an amazing write and I love every word in it.


  17. thotpurge says:

    All the passion and angst of a young heart and a journey into the unknown…very enjoyable.


  18. Beautiful and heart-touching. No one knows what a new journey will bring.


  19. sand castles need to be destroyed so we can see where we need to build a more solid foundation. I love that song the ‘Impossible Dream,” so I looked it up on Youtube after reading this. So inspiring. You’re inspiring!


  20. I feel for that younger you, right on the edge of everything. The room with your sleeping sister – so safe and cosy – the ocean pounding outside – big and beautiful and maybe a little bit scary. I hope you built many sand castles…


  21. I do love the connection between the sandcastles and the song… how true, there are those moments when we don’t really know what’s going to happen… and just maybe it’s almost a premonition of a night of ends… but also beginnings… wonderful

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