The Līgo Haibun Challenge – Sense Of Home


This week there are two prompts for the Līgo Haibun Challenge:
Treasure      or      Despair.
After giving some thought to them I ended up at the place where everything usually starts from…

There have been roads, so many of them that all can’ t be found in my memory files anymore. The places pinned on the map quite a few times that the holes in the paper are supposed to tell stories of their own. About going away and returning. For a longer time and not so long but the feeling of coming back home has always been special. Like setting free from the rib cage a trembling sparrow…to finally let me breathe.

weary traveler
from all roads of the world
old one leads home

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.” /S.Dessen/ Yes, I must admit it has hardly had anything to do with mind but everything – with heart. That tiny corner of the world where pieces of my life’ s puzzle are all over the place. Framed memories of the past, vibrating present and dreamy future. A bit dusty on the shelves, nicely hanging in the wardrobe, almost hidden behind the cupboard doors and forgotten under the bed. Yet all there, all so very much present.

Looking at the walls, I remember laughter of my friends trying to make the wallpaper stick. Deep conversations until the break of dawn. Celebrating ourselves and life. Finding peace in the flickering flame of the last candle. Things are not just things there, they are knitted together with feelings. Echoes of giggles and tears, sounds and silence, leaving and always returning. A part of me – the microcosmos, though connected to the big world out there, still having an order of its own. My treasure.

within four walls
i build the world of my own
the door is open

The Līgo Haibun Challenge

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Word Prompt

Another Friday is here what means it is also time for a new Līgo Haibun Challenge. Welcome! It was a true pleasure to read the entries from the previous week – such a variety of original and unexpected interpretations. I hope you enjoyed writing your haibun as much as I enjoyed reading them!

We have compiled a list of Honourable Mentions below:

Sun: powerfully-written and intense. A stark haibun felt to the bone.

Yarnspinner: we particularly liked his haibun about disconnection with nature because of the role nature plays in haibun.

Al: an endearing snapshot of childhood.

Bjorn for a haibun with darkness, or light at the end of the tunnel, depending on the way to look at it. Written in the third person, but it needed to be.

Ese: original and intimate, with well-written haiku.

And now – the prompt words for this week:
Treasure           OR           Despair.

Your can find out more about haibun here: What Is A Haibun?
Let your imagination flow  and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck!