Peace – The Līgo Haībun Challenge

AnElephantCant help but worry
He does not want to let his friend down
He hopes sweet Nightlake
Has not made a mistake
Līgo Haībun Challenge is no place for a clown

AnElephant is invited to the Līgo Haībun Challenge. The topic for this week (until 19th April) is Peace.
“Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.”
A quote by William Hazlittm found by Nightlake –

The format here for the Līgo Haībun Challenge is as follows:
A paragraph (more than one paragraph is fine, or just a few sentences) in prose form
* the haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close.
The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with therefore no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max.

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

The Great Peace

The pain surprises him.
The rain falls steadily, but is not the cause of the pain.
The wind blows briskly, but is not the cause of the pain.
He pauses and looks around the small cemetery, one out of around 940 in France and Belgium.
It is the cause of his pain.
It contains the graves of 1262 British, 4 Canadian and 29 German soldiers and airmen.
There is no segregation by rank or nationality, and each grave is immaculately tended.
They are arranged in chronological order of death.

The peace is in sharp contrast to those bloody days less than 100 years ago.
The days when this part of Northern France was the world’s battlefield, with men coming from all parts of the planet to die here.

The Great War.
He almost smiles at the oxymoron.
But finds he cannot.
Because of the tears in his eyes and the lump in his throat.

the great war
is the war to end all wars
flowers grow in tears

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22 Responses to Peace – The Līgo Haībun Challenge

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  2. kz says:

    your haiku is beautiful and that’s a great photo you chose to accompany this very well-written haibun


  3. Sarah Ann says:

    Love that haiku – beautiful.


  4. Great and sad… a war to end all wars is the worst…


  5. Peripatetic Eric says:

    Wonderful haibun. Great haiku, closing line excellent.


  6. Penny L Howe says:

    Thank you. A poignant reminder of the nature of humans. You have written an excellent haibun and are a natural when it comes to writing in this style/format. Outstanding artistic merit. Penny


  7. Eric says:

    Very nice take on the challenge! An interesting read. Liked your haiku too! 🙂 Eric


  8. nightlake says:

    What a touching piece! ‘Flowers grow in tears..’a powerful write-up. The haiku has done full justice to the prose preceding it. Thank you so much for contributing, Elephant.


  9. emmylgant says:

    Je n’ai pas de mots.
    Flowers grow in tears
    Les Fleurs du mal
    Plus qu’emouvant.


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  11. Alastair says:

    That is a very moving piece. No rhyme for reply on this one as it demands respect.

    Well done my friend


  12. echoing my mood
    tears and a lump in the throat
    flowers ease pain

    Thank you anelephant x


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