Līgo Haibun Challenge – Quote Prompt

Another week is here, bringing along a new Līgo Haibun Challenge. Welcome, everyone! We hope Monday is better for all, as end of the week usually turns out to be a bit more busy.

This is quote week again and here are two of them to inspire you:

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. – Mae West

OR

Well behaved women rarely make history. – Marilyn Monroe

Choose one of them, let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck!

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Word Prompt

With another Friday the time has come again for a new Līgo Haibun Challenge. Welcome everyone! Thank you for being a part of writing and discovering the art of haibun together. We apologise for the recent hiccups – it’ s a promise that all your haibun will be read. As we are starting a new Booksellers/Publishers company right now, it is eating up pretty much of the time.

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Back to this week’ s challenge – it is turn for Word Prompt again, and the words to inspire you are :

Sword

OR

Blossom

As always, choose one for your haibun. Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please!

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Once Upon A Time

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There is a choice between two photos on the Līgo Haibun Challenge this week and my thoughts ended up wandering around this one…

Once upon a time I believed in so many things…naively and innocently. The good always winning over the evil. In dragons, magic power and super heroes. That animals could speak and the golden fish could grant wishes. In mermaids being able not only to swim but also to walk. The Snow Queen turning somebody’ s heart in ice. That it takes a single kiss to wake one up from a hundred years long sleep. In happily ever after. What a wonderful world to live in…

Now, looking back at those days, I can see how much has changed. The veil of magic has been torn off for good, and invisible, yet thick walls created around instead. To protect but from what? My own doubts and fleeting faith? Limping dreams? Disbalance between fake and real? Not losing myself? Who knows… Who knows how much those walls have been able to rescue and, more importantly, how much has managed to survive inside them. I didn’ t ask for those changes years brought along but then nobody does. Life simply happens…just like that. And no matter how hard we would try to remain the same, that is the battle that never can be won.

Yes, once upon a time I believed…and then I grew up. Fortunately, there still are moments when I am suddenly reminded about not losing my sense of wonder, still holding onto belief and being able to appreciate the surprises life brings along. I try my best to not let it go. Even if naively…

no more fairytales
hidden between daily routines
another leap of faith

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Līgo Haibun Challenge – Picture Prompt

We are on the doorstep of a new week and it means the time has come for a  new Līgo Haibun Challenge!

If you would like you can post your haibun at Medium here, and label it under the “Beautiful Haibun” collection. It is another possibility for more readers to find you as well as a great opportunity of stepping out of the ‘WordPress world.’

This week it’s Picture Prompt time and there are two wonderful pictures to inspire you.  As usual choose one of them to write your Beautiful Haibun.

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

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Invisible Footprints

DogprintsPhoto by Brenda Harsham 

It was a choice between two photos on Līgo Haibun Challenge this week, and the footprints led me in this direction…

I adored her from the very first moment we met. A pair of impish chestnut eyes within a wool bundle in the colour of caffé latte, proudly leading her “gang” around the yard. It looked almost like a parade, though quite odd and clumsy one, with all six participants jumping over each other, tumbling and even going for a playful bite. There were some suggestions about choosing another one that might be easier to handle but I couldn’ t change my mind. So what that she had quite a character? She was a riot – I wouldn’ t have expected anything less.

I never regretted the choice I made that day and I hope Sāra didn’ t either. We loved her, unconditionally, as she grew up and from a playful puppy turned into a real dog. A big and strong one as briards are supposed to be but with a touch of grace like real ladies do. Always bursting of energy, occasionally a bit stubborn like me but still respected and respectful. Knowing how to make a stranger to keep a distance with one strict bark in her solid baritone. And that special move of quietly putting her head on my knee, looking closely through her strands and understanding without words. Mutual love and friendship – so honest and strong till it was her time…

She left footprints in my life simply by being herself. They won’ t disappear under the freshly fallen snow, nor turn into puddles under the first spring sunbeams. Invisible ones deep inside. They are there to stay. Have been for a couple of years and always will.

four paws and tail
footprints down memory lane
unerasable

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Līgo Haibun Challenge – Picture Prompt

Welcome to another Friday with a new Līgo Haibun Challenge!

This week it’s Picture Prompt time and there are two wonderful pictures by Brenda Harsham to inspire you. She owns the copyright to them, of course, and is lets them be used for the Līgo haibun this week. 

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DogprintsDog Prints in Snow

As always, choose one for your haibun.  Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please!

More about Līgo Haibun Challenge and Honourable Mentions here: Līgo Haibun Challenge – Images

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Līgo Haibun Challenge – Quote Prompt

It is a new Friday again what means the time has come for a new Līgo Haibun Challenge. Welcome everyone!

This week is quote week again. Please choose one of the following Mongolian quotes:

Men and women sleep on the same pillow, but they have different dreams.

OR

Wise men talk about ideas, intellectuals about facts, and the ordinary man talks about what he eats.

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

Līgo Haibun Challenge: Remember To Forget

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This week there are two prompts for the Līgo Haibun Challenge: Siberia or South America. Since all the way through January I have been writing haibun for Carpe Diem Haiku journey across the Soviet Union, the word I have chosen couldn’ t be different…

He never talked about it. At first because it was a secret to be kept – a personal secret, a seal of shame. The one you want to keep only to yourself, trying to avoid from spreading like some disease also on the ones you love. With time it became trendy to talk about the past and reveal everything but he still preferred not to. He didn’ t want people to glance at him with that look, that mute “I am so sorry!” in their eyes. He didn’ t need neither their sympathy, nor their promises about how history will never be forgotten. He didn’ t need to tell to remember.

After returning he never took a train again. Not even once. Maybe because he would still flinch in sleep, almost feeling the odor of human fear in a stuffed cattle freight wagon. Or freeze from the clickety-clack sound of the railroad…it reminded him of that word. The one he had avoided mentioning for so long. S…i…b..e…r…i..a. And then there was winter. Yes, he couldn’ t…he just never could fall in love with it again. White stopped to be the colour of innocence and hope for him many years ago. It was the colour of bitter cold and silent forests where his own thoughts were louder than axes and saws. Anger was white. And dispair. Hope could be only green, the colour of the first burgeons because it meant he had survived. Survived yet another winter. And after everything else had gone numb, hope was the only thing he had left. Hope to return. Not to return and to tell, just simply to return.

year’ s coldest day
behind the locked door
memories survive

PS: Shortly before, during and immediately after World War II, Stalin (de facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953) conducted a series of deportations on a huge scale which profoundly affected the ethnic map of the Soviet Union. It is estimated that between 1941 and 1949 nearly 3.3 million were deported to Siberia. By some estimates up to 43% of the resettled population died of diseases and malnutrition.

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Līgo Haibun Challenge – Quote Prompt

Another Friday has brought along also a new Līgo Haibun Challenge. Welcome everyone!

This week is quote week again. Please choose one of the following Russian proverbs:

The future is assured. It’s just the past that keeps changing.

OR

The church is near but the road is all ice; the tavern is far but I’ll walk very carefully.

Let your imagination flow and use your haiku, as always, to compliment, interact with, add or contrast your prose, but not repeat it. Use symbolism as much as you want in your haiku – let your reader work it out. Just stay with things ‘as they are,’ and use nature as the backdrop. Avoid similes and metaphors, otherwise we drift into poetry, and try to avoid putting yourself into your haiku. Then break the rules. 

The quotes themselves are not expected to be part of your haibun.

Don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck!