Mondrian’s New York – Haibun Monday

Yes, Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie reminds me of Manhattan in the city that never sleeps, New York.  The perfect grid system of streets running north to south and east to west.  How could you ever get lost?

Its inhabitants focused on where they are going with a purpose in their stride.  No time for the niceties.  Be direct and be frank or you’ll be eaten alive as if in a Pac Man game, which I think the art also resembles!

Fire hydrant bursting
It’s summer in the city
Relief from the heat
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Kim from Writing in North Norfolk is hosting Haibun Monday
at D'Verse Poets.  Tonight she has prompted us with a picture of Broadway Boogie Woogie by abstract artist Piet Mondrian.
She has asked us to share our feelings of this piece and if it
does indeed remind us of Broadway in New York or perhaps
somewhere else.

  27 comments for “Mondrian’s New York – Haibun Monday

  1. May 26, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    You’re just right about the fire hydrants. I think the kids will still find a way to open them to cool off. They are already climbing the fence to play basketball in the closed schoolyard below my window. (K)

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      You’re in NYC? You guys have been through a lot 😢 Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I’m sure those kids are stir crazy. Take care 🥰

      • May 27, 2020 at 7:41 am

        Yes, I’m glad the cops are just letting them be. There is of course some danger in it, but they need to get out of their small apartments and do something. Hopefully they jump in the shower as soon as they get home.

      • Christine Bolton
        May 27, 2020 at 8:56 am

        Yes! Live and let live. These are difficult times and we are all trying our best. Stay safe and be well 🙂

  2. May 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    HAH! Love that you thought of Pac Man! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Lol 🤣

  3. May 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Oh yes… all those squares… and I defitnitely saw the Pacman as well

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Lol! 🙂 Several of us did.

  4. May 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Cool Christine. Do you go to NYC often?

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Couple of times a year maybe but haven’t been for a while. The virus has halted everyone’s plans.

      • May 27, 2020 at 7:13 am

        Yes. But I am ready to go again once I can!

      • Christine Bolton
        May 27, 2020 at 8:57 am

        Yes there’s nowhere else like it 🙂

  5. May 26, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    It does remind me of a Pac Mac game.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Isn’t it funny? 😊

  6. May 26, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Christine, I also saw Pac-Man in this. It looks like a very real game, where the stakes are high.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Yes it did! So funny 🙂

  7. May 26, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I think you succinctly captured the real New York!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Lynn 🙂

  8. May 26, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Never been to New York but a saw a glimpse on it through your haibun. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Thank you. Its a great city! ☺️

  9. May 26, 2020 at 5:31 am

    For some it may be the perfect grid system of streets, and I imagine that New Yorkers never get lost but, if I hadn’t had my husband with me, I would have, jet-lagged, daunted by crowds and unused to such tall buildings crowing in from all sides. I love the vibrancy of the senryu and the way the fire hydrant breaks the tension of the summer heat.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Kim. I can understand how that must have felt for you the first time you were there. New York is not for the faint hearted and it doesn’t take prisoners! It’s an acquired taste and I find myself at home there whenever I visit. 🙂

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  11. May 25, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I hear strains of “New York, New York” in the air; nice haibun and senryu

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Glenn! Yes, “If I can make it there
      I’m gonna make it anywhere. It’s up to you New York, New York” 🎶 🎼 🎵🙂

  12. May 25, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Great post! Fire Hydrant bursting and no children to run through it! A sad time for all it seems.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Dwight. Yes, you’re right, they probably can’t do that this year 😢

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