Night Sky – Ligo Haibun Challenge

AnElephantCant ride on a horsey
He is too monumentally heavy for that
They have not built the saddle
He can comfortably straddle
He just leaves the poor gee gee squashed flat

The Haibun Ligo Challenge is a weekly event now hosted by Pirate and the enterprising Ese.
Visit them for all the guidelines and background.
AnElephant’s choice of prompt this week is:

It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall. – Mexican Proverb

His piece uses the quote analogously.

The Next Morning by AnElephantCant

The Next Morning by AnElephantCant

Night Sky

He is unsure of what has disturbed his sleep, but finds his room stuffy.
He opens the French windows for air.
Although it is mid-November the night air is only cool, without the biting chill of his homeland.
He steps out, naked, onto the terrasse.
The night is calm, almost preternaturally so.
The tree tops are silent, still.
He is at peace with the world.
The night sky is clear, free from any light pollution.
The stars are wondrous to behold.
His eyes search immediately for Orion, quickly finding the asterism that is his belt.
He is amused that the great hunter is far from upright, his head seemingly far to the west of his feet.
He stands for maybe ten minutes, gazing at the sky, amazed that the light cast by the stars is enough to make his surroundings – trees, buildings, and hills – discernible in a night without moonlight.
When he at last feels a shiver he returns to his bed, leaving the doors wide open.
He remembers what he gave up to be here, the pain that he, and others, felt at his departure.
He knows it had to be so.
He sleeps dreamlessly for four soul-soothing hours.

the hunter watches
the sleeper sleeps peacefully
the world is in balance

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26 Responses to Night Sky – Ligo Haibun Challenge

  1. Beautiful. And isn’t dark, when you are out of the large city environments?!


  2. Peripatetic Eric says:

    I really enjoyed this and the strong feeling it gave of standing under the stars on a sleepless night.


  3. Sun says:

    oh, to wake for a moment, take in the night and return to bed – a dreamy state to really enjoy.


  4. paulscribbles says:

    Thoroughly enjoyable read.


  5. willow says:

    P.S. First snow on the Ben last week, so, yes, It is a chill wind blowing!!


  6. willow says:

    This really touched me. Wonderful writing and one of my favourites.
    I’m happy that the sleeper sleeps so peacefully.


  7. julespaige says:

    It delights me to think that we are sleeping under the same sky. Even when we cannot see our favorite constellations. Thanks for visiting (2) Spell Bound – I am having fun with it. 🙂

    You might also enjoy the piece just before True North – as it is about stars as well 🙂
    Hugs to you Elephant.


  8. emmylgant says:

    Irrésistible cette écriture qui parle de si loin et si profondément.
    Très, très beau.


  9. Brenda says:

    Tantalizing, with so many details hidden. “He remembers what he gave up to be here, the pain that he, and others, felt at his departure./ He knows it had to be so.” I don’t know what was given up, why it had to be so, or where he departed from or to. But the questions are intriguing, and the cold observation of the stars magnificent. Thanks, Elephant.


  10. Anja says:

    How nice it is to wake and read such a beautiful haibun. I love the picture. 🙂


  11. Ye Pirate says:

    A mysterious piece where one tries to find his background in the stars – a nicely written moment that shows richness of thought; one senses there is the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the 4 hrs sleep


  12. KOH  says:

    Wonderful view~


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