The Līgo Haibun Challenge – The Great Expectations

832083_origpicture by Ye Pirate

It is the “photo week” on the Līgo Haibun Challenge and my thougths wandered around this photo…

We never know what’ s next. No matter how hard we try, we simply don’ t. The moment of surprise in so many shades is still there. Appearing out of the blue. We don’ t know what’ s behind the corner. Or if that light in the end of the tunnel is a promise or just an illusion, a joke our mind has played once again. An oasis in the desert – a hope full of promises that might turn out to be an empty mirage. We plan and think, we draw our paths through life, get carried away designing those beautiful steps one after another but how often do they lead somewhere? How often are we able to reach a destination without unexpected twists and turns? Kobayashi Issa once said:

in this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers

…and he got it right. Life has the tendency of turning things upside down when we expect it the least. Running carelessly through a mountain meadow you find yourself at the very edge of a cliff, a second from a fall all the way down. And driving on a road you suddenly realise it leads nowhere and it has been just a small one-way street. But still we are out there, living our lives away with heart and soul wide open. Laughing and crying, tripping and walking again proudly, being able to wonder, treasure and appreciate. While expecting the unexpected because there’ s a fair chance it will be there…expecting us.

after the turn
another one ahead
endless labyrinth

The Līgo Haibun Challenge

9 thoughts on “The Līgo Haibun Challenge – The Great Expectations

  1. Peripatetic Eric

    Wonderful presentation of the unpredictability of life, something that is pushed into the back corners of the mind a lot of the time. I like the imagery of the haiku.


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