AnElephantCant forget he is Scottish
Though he rarely wears tartan or turns heads in the kilt
Although not overly compliant
He writes of a true giant
And not MyBeautifulThings picture of folk up on stilts
AnElephant makes another importunate assault on this great weekly challenge hosted by his friend Al, who continues to do great things with this site.
Please take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
This week AnElephant chooses as his inspiration this quotation:
“All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain.”
Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)
He is born in Tianjin, China, the son of Scottish missionaries.
He is sent to boarding school before entering Edinburgh University, aged 18.
He is a devout Christian; he is also intelligent and athletic.
He plays rugby for his university and then, in only 2 years, is capped 7 times for Scotland.
His first sporting love is running, and he is selected to run for the UK in the 100 metres at the Paris Olympics.
He withdraws from this, his best event, as the heats fall on a Sunday, which conflicts with his religious beliefs.
He is persuaded to run in the 400 metres instead.
He wins the gold medal, gloriously, to the delight of the French public, as well as the British.
He returns to China to continue his parents’ work.
The Japanese invade and he is interned in a POW camp.
Winston Churchill authorises his release as part of a prisoner exchange deal; he refuses to leave, sending a pregnant lady out in his place.
He dies in the camp, aged 43.
But his moments are never forgotten.
The Chinese claim him as their first Olympic champion.
In Scotland he is a hero.
whether shared or not
sometimes unify mankind