Līgo Haibun Challenge – Quote Prompt

The day has come and so has the Līgo Haibun Challenge! Welcome everyone! My apologies for not been able to read&comment on your haibun from the last 2 weeks. I haven’t disappeared, just settling down back home after half a year away and it takes a touch more time than planned.

So this week, in innovation week make a choice between haiku or tanka, or pathya vat from Cambodia, or thanbauk from Burma, now Myanmar, to go with your prose. You may also choose another form.

Pathya vat is a four-line poem, with 4 syllables each line – and line 2 and 3 must rhyme.

Thanbauk is poetry of three lines with four syllables on each line. The rhyme pattern of thanbauk is with 4th, 3rd and 2nd syllables rhyming in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines.

Let’s generally label the requirements frameworks. In tanka they are (notionally for Līgo Haibun) 5-7-5-7-7 syllables.

Should you prefer to use the haiku as is customary, there are 3 forms that are variants. One is the 5-7-5 syllable English language format, which stresses form over meaning. another one that is popular is the haiku over 3 lines with no more than 17 syllables in total, but no line requirement, and the third is freestyle with no syllable count over 3 lines.

You can find more information with examples here: Līgo Haibun Challenge 15/11-22/11

This week is quote prompt week. You do not need to include the quote in the haibun, and normally it is not included but used as inspiration for your haibun. As always, choose one.

It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall. – Mexican Proverb


It is solved by walking. – Algerian Proverb

Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck! 

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