Haiku For Carpe Diem #334, Fence

Today’s Carpe Diem haiku prompt Fence was provided by Lolly.

Constructed between 1901 and 1907 to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests, from the east, out of Western Australian pastoral areas, The Rabbit Proof Fence is actually three fences that stretch 2,023 Miles (3,256 km). At the time of its construction, fence number one was the longest in the world at 1,139-mile (1,833 km).

In the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara, the fence was used in the 1930s by three Indigenous Australian girls to guide their route back home to Jigalong. The girls, taken from their parents in Western Australia as part of the Stolen Generations, escaped from the Moore River Native Settlement where they were being held and walked back to their family at Jigalong by following the rabbit-proof fence. The 2002 dramatic film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on the book.


by the fence
girls across their land

the stolen children
where along the rabbit fence
does the buck stop?

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

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Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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11 Responses to Haiku For Carpe Diem #334, Fence

  1. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Although I’ve not read the book, I found the movie to be powerfully moving. Your haiku brought back those feelings.

    Absent Fence Post


  2. WabiSabi says:

    Stealing children… how outrageous!! And yet,it is still happening all over the world! One of the few movies I’ve seen BTW.


  3. great history haiku


  4. I like these haiku with history in it … they have even a name. Jane Reichhold called them “science-haiku”, because there is knowledge used in the haiku.


  5. Ye Pirate says:

    Cultural and intriguing – and great write-up, turning it into a haibun really! Am about to go back and read your haiku – sorry, but will catch-up…


  6. neither read nor seen, but now my interest is piqued…


  7. kaykuala says:

    AS Kris’ said it’s science haiku and not just historical haiku! I like that JRB. A bit of learning! Nicely!



  8. Maggie Grace says:

    Great story of the fence and love the word play with “buck”. Will have to look up that movie.


  9. Ese' s Voice says:

    This was really educational for me, JRB – had never heard about the Stolen generations before.


  10. Cathy Tenzo says:

    I love this and I loved that movie. I recently saw another great movie that featured a stolen generations story–it was called “The Sapphires” and I’d highly recommend it.


  11. eliz frank says:

    Your introduction gave depth to the haiku… I like the way you tied them together.


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