Heeding Haiku with HA: Haibun

The Praktikum. I was accepted to have an apprenticeship with BASF Chemical Company, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. It’s the largest production site worldwide and the company’s global headquarters and research centre. I spoke no German, but then, I’ve survived in France and Switzerland without French, so why not? I was convinced I’d get by and would learn the language when I’m there. I was allocated in the Inorganic Department, producing and analysing some dyes. Herr (Mister) Raider provided me a name who was also working in the same building, but in a different laboratory. “He’ll help you get sorted,” he said. Hence, first thing in the morning, I knocked on Room 602 and a tall English man opened it, some parts of his white shirt still untucked from his trousers. “I am, indeed.” was his answer to my question and that hooked me! “Such an accent,” I thought. He helped me obtain my lab gown and safety goggles that morning and waited for me for lunch every day. “There’s your English man again,” my Laborant (laboratory technician) would say.

I knocked on his door
an English man opened it
you’ve got to help me
and he helped me that morning
everything went well

Me on second floor
and him on the 6th floor
joy in that building
we had parties every night
apprenticeship was quite fun

and that was the start
of chemistry in motion
action, reaction
we’ve come from diff’rent cultures
but it wasn’t a problem

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4 thoughts on “Heeding Haiku with HA: Haibun

  1. Interesting. It is indeed difficult to go stay in a country when you are not acquainted with its main language. I am glad that you found a friend to help you through this and that you enjoyed your apprenticeship.
    Thanks for sharing your words with us this week. 🙂
    -HA

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