AnElephantCant stop having fun
He thinks the Haibun Challenge is great
He is filled with elation
He gets inspiration
From discussion with his friend The Pirate
AnElephant has created this small piece for the weekly Līgo Haībun Challenge, courtesy of the lovely Nightlake, with Penny and The Pirate.
Which sounds like a pop group!
Based on this image supplied by Penny.
He sits outside his favourite café in La Place de la Gare, watching the elderly Frenchmen playing chess at the next table.
He has orange juice, fresh and chilled, and croissants, warm and delicious.
He is at peace with his world.
But not with his writing.
He looks again at what he has written.
And he is not happy with it.
He is not comfortable writing in the first person.
In his more whimsical moments he hides behind the persona of an Elephant who sometimes, and contradictorily, can and does.
Otherwise he is simply always ‘he’.
Better and more significant writers have, across millennia, cultures and genres, used this device.
Julius Caesar and Franz Kafka come readily to mind.
Conan Doyle, a fellow Scot, wrote in the first person but in the guise of the doughty Dr Watson.
He changes the word to ‘He’.
At which point the words flow quickly, eagerly, if perhaps not too elegantly from his cheap ball-point pen, scavenged from a Portland, Oregon hotel some months ago.
His inner peace is restored.
He smiles and wonders “Will no one rid me of this troublesome pirate?”
the writer’s conflict
is the search for
and subjugation of identity