Feeling the burn

Today, let’s write a haibun that references pressure, in whatever way you experience or conceive of it. For those new to haibun, the form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.


I often push myself to be the perfect mom/ grandmother/ wife! That means to be there for everyone. To be that shoulder that everyone could lean on or cry if they need to.

Is that stressful, yeah very much so especially if I, myself am not feeling so strong. But it’s an inherent trait and I have to live with it. And on top of it I don’t like to make anyone unhappy so you can imagine that the pressure builds up insidiously, and unknowingly I put myself in a situation where at times I can just feel like collapsing.

If I could cut it

I’d divide my heart among

My loved ones, fairly


Something to console

When they’re distressed, upset

When I’m not there


Written for dVerse- Haibun Monday, hosted by Frank



71 thoughts on “Feeling the burn

  1. If I could cut it
    I’d divide my heart among
    My loved ones, fairly

    A soft heart delights in the pleasure of others, even at the expense of itself.

    so beautifully expressed, Sadje G🙏

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  2. Hi Sadje,
    The last time I felt pressure was when our semester exams were going on. They’ve been postponed upto 5th April.
    Now I’m completely “pressure free”, which’s not good, I think.
    I’ve decided to write detailed notes, and revise them before any specific paper.

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