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 – http://call2read.com/2013/04/13/ligo-haibun-challenge-peace/
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 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