Torture – Ligo Haibun Challenge

AnElephantCant forget his childhood
When he travels to so many schools
It is never easy to be
Big and grey – you see
To be different is to break the first rule

The Ligo Haibun Challenge is a weekly event hosted by sweet Nightlake and the bold Pirate.
Visit them for all the guidelines and background.

This week we can choose as our topic one of two words

AnElephant writes of torture.

Knots and Crosses

Knots and Crosses


The two women sit with twin babies.
Mummy holds one, her sister the other.
All four have identical light blue eyes.
It is an enchanting picture.
Daddy arrives with two more children, a blue-eyed boy and an older, brown-eyed girl.
The boy immediately involves himself with his mother and the baby, and is welcomed with smiles and kisses.
The girl sits beside her aunt, attempting to be part of things, but is excluded from the general joy.
Daddy films the happiness, but carefully ignores the misery.

a young soul is tortured
for a heinous crime
being different

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17 Responses to Torture – Ligo Haibun Challenge

  1. I was always the other cousin, poor and fat. A powerful and moving haibun, Sir.


  2. helenmidgley says:

    That was beautifully heartbreaking 🙂


  3. KOH  says:

    Wonderful photo~
    I look in the face of human^^


  4. RoSy says:

    And – all along I thought you were pink.

    You captured the torture of being different well. Someone is always different.
    And – people can be so hurtful to those that are different out of pure ignorance.


  5. Oh my goodness – I am that brown-eyed girl, absolutely. Always the different one, the one on the outside, the observer. Perhaps that’s why I can write now? Out of the lion, came forth sweetness….
    Lovely and moving, with more than a tinge of sadness. Well done, Mr Elephant (who definitely can!).


  6. nightlake says:

    The different people are always given the ‘treatment’..realistic..well done:)


  7. Anja says:

    I was the different child with my dad’s side of the family and different with my moms. 🙂 Happens when you are mixed between two different worlds but I kinda like it.
    I see AnElephant in the picture 🙂


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