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Ligo Haibun Challenge – Monsoon

The sky parted with tiny drizzles, hesitant as to how they would be received. Finding no resistance, the sky poured with audacity. Birds flew to their nests, except one. This was a tiny sparrow, seemingly having no nest of its own, decided to take shelter in my balcony. I waved my hands, trying to shoo it away. It flew away and returned, continuing this act for a few minutes.

“Let it be.” said my little brother. “What does it eat?”

He got cooked rice from the kitchen and left some in the balcony. The sparrow looked at the rice, while eying us suspiciously. We left the balcony and forgot the sparrow. But, we found it in the evening in the huge neem tree, sharing grains of rice with another sparrow.

Rain parts with earth

grains of friendship

take root in balcony

Ligo Haibun Challenge

Welcome to the Ligo Haibun Challenge. Thank you for the wonderful response last week on the Ligo Haibun Special. Before we move to this week’s challenge, let us check out the honourable mentions for last week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge.

Reading Pleasure: Celebration of nature in a foreign land evokes the desire for home. Haiku written with depth and meaning

Penny: A haibun that cherishes every aspect of nature and relishes its beauty. Don’t miss this one.

Peripatetic Eric: Somebody who feels the voice of nature in every moment of his outdoor life. Nature is a celebration of life and this is a glowing tribute.

The other honourable mention to be announced soon

The two choices for you this week are:

Monsoon

or

Haze

We welcome suggestions for word/phrase or visual prompts

Rules are below:

  • The haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as an honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions

After completing your haibun, add it to the link collection below.

And coming to the exciting part, here is a sample of giveaways for the winners of the challenge

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Ligo Haibun Challenge – The Hawk

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I prepare for my next act while awaiting my girlfriend. The fresh field whispers to me as do a pair of giggling voices.  Those two girls whom I noticed during my fire-eating act are here again, looking at me. My girlfriend joins me. She immediately enquires if I was eying the two girls, instead of congratulating me on my previous performance. I shrug and pretend disinterest. This is the best thing to do. A vehement denial could prove that I am lying and an acknowledgement would provoke her insane jealousy. If she prods further, I would turn further irritated. But, she drops the topic as we prepare for our fire act.

Hawk watches

love birds

half-hidden behind leaves

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Ligo Haibun Special

Hi Friends,

We are back to celebrate Ligo Haibun special with you. Ligo (Jāņi), celebrated from June 23rd to June 24th, is the world’s largest festival of nature. It takes place in Latvia, and definitely outside the capital, Riga. Līgo, pronounced [Ligwa], is also the name of our Weekly Līgo Haibun Challenge, and because this week coincides with the Līgo festival, we have a Līgo special. Now on to the challenge, in which we also have prizes for the haibun selected for the Honourable Mentions in Dispatches.

  • This week you are required to choose TWO of the visuals in the slideshow below, and write a haibun using each one in your haibun. The two visuals can, and should ‘interact’ in your haibun. I have uploaded 17 images. To view the other images, do visit Pirate’s blog
  • Your haibun should have ‘nature’ or an aspect of nature as a general theme
  • Do not write anything about Līgo – which would be too difficult in context and stylistically

Good luck!

Add your haibun to the link below.

Now, getting to the honourable mentions for this week:

Sarah Ann Hall: It is not just the humans, but the nature and animals too long for the sun. Don’t miss Sarah Ann’s powerful haibun on sun.

KZ: A young girl leads the crowd with optimism and hope in dark times. Amazing descriptions and haibun

Reading Pleasure: A woman crushed by poverty and desperation. A perfect closing haiku to the narrative

Anja: The sun dances and the nature waits to be admired. But, life is not the same for a woman who moans the loss of her lover. Expressed beautifully in Anja’s haibun.

Jules: Historical facts coupled with deep thinking gives out a unique message

Kir: Just walk with the tow-headed boy to feel his enthusiasm and excitement.

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Ligo Haibun Challenge – Away from Home

The Sun

The bitter hungry sun bursts from the sky, malignantly burning everything in sight. This reminds me of my hometown, But, the sun is the only common factor. Everything else is foreign to me – the order, cleanliness and shining roads. People are friendly and the doors are open, but their hearts are unfortunately closed to me. I do not long for the muddy roads of my hometown, but just the sense of belonging.

Foreign shores

crude closeness wins over

distant politeness

Ligo Haibun Challenge

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the Ligo Haibun Challenge. The two choices for this week are:

The Sun

or

Childhood Memory of Summer Camps

As always, we welcome suggestions for word/phrase or visual prompts

Do go through the rules below:

  • The haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as an honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions

After you complete your haibun, do add it to the link collection below.

We found it really difficult to pick the special mentions for this week. At last, we have decided to include five writers. Here they are:

kz

Steph

Bjorn

Kingsley

Sarah Ann Hall

In order to celebrate the Ligo festival, we will hold a Ligo Haibun Special next week. Prizes will be given for Honourable Mentions

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Ligo Haibun Challenge – Home At Last

Copyright - Meme

Copyright – Meme

The snake crawled fearfully over the railings and the walls. All creatures were hostile to him and he feared their fear. Then, he felt his beloved tree and leapt over it effortlessly. The king had reached his state at last. The tree relaxed and the snake nestled in the warmth.

Destination bound..

restless fear follows

his every movement

Ligo Haibun Challenge

Welcome to the Ligo Haibun Challenge. This week, we have two visual prompts for you to choose. But, before we get to that, let us welcome Penny who has joined the Ligo Haibun panel as a judge.

Now, getting to the visual prompts, the first one belongs to Pirate, our host, and the second photo belongs to Meme from Mixedupmeme. Thank you, Pirate and Meme.

We welcome suggestions for word/phrase or visual prompts.

Copyright - Pirate

Copyright – Pirate

 

Copyright - Meme

Copyright – Meme

Here are the rules:

  • The haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as an honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions

Do kindly add your haibun to the link collection below:

The special mentions for the previous week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge are:

Bjorn: Don’t let the beauty of nature charm you for death lurks in the corner. Check out Bjorn’s captivating piece on the topic, ‘Dewdrops’.

Anja: Sensual prose with a lovely haiku. Welcome to the Ligo Haibun Challenge, Anja!

Yarnspinnerr: Informative haibun; the prose intrigues you with its cultural and spiritual knowledge and the haiku complements it very well.

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Ligo Haibun Challenge

Welcome to this week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge. As always, we have two choices for you. One is a topic and the other is a picture prompt.

The topic is ‘Cartoon’

Or

photo

The rules below:

  • 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.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as an honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions

Don’t forget to add your haibun to the link collection below.

The special mentions for the previous week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge are as follows:

1. Penny: The painstaking effort of an artist and his joy in creation. And the narrative ends with a perfect haiku.

2. Eric M. Vogt: We travel with the character on an emotional journey, which culminates in peace. Do not miss this haibun.

 

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Ligo Haibun Challenge

Hi Friends,

The Ligo Haibun Challenge is back. Our last challenge was held on the 29th of April. We sincerely apologize for the delay in getting back to you.

We have two choices for you this week. You may choose either one of those mentioned below.

Bells

or

Strike while the iron is hot – Chaucer

Here are the rules:

  • 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.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as an honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions

After you are done, do add your haibun to the link collection below.

The special mentions for the Ligo Haibun challenge held on 29th April are:

Sarah Ann Hall: A writer’s struggle and anticipation brought out so well in a few words. All of us can empathize with this haibun.

Peripatetic Eric: The writer brings each scene alive as you travel with the character. The haiku are brilliant.

KZ: Obstinacy is a gift, especially if you are all geared to achieve the impossible. An inspiring haibun that will lift your spirits.

Aesop Clerk: Aesop Clerk presents his knowledge and unique thoughts on foolery. The narrative concludes with an interesting haiku.

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