Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Ligo Haibun Challenge – Photo Prompt

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As usual I’m late with my Ligo Haibun entry, and last week’s is tucked on the end.



‘We have two photo prompts this week. Do select and write on the one that moves you and stirs your imagination.’



Here are the rules for the challenge:

  • 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 too is in the 3 haibun Honourably Mentioned in Despatches each week!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions – earrings, scarves etc.



Untitled (218-words)

‘Shall I get rid of those Lords and Ladies for you, love?’

Alison didn’t know whether she was more annoyed by the gardener’s familiarity or his lack of knowledge.

‘They’re calla lilies. Or they will be if you leave them alone.’

Where had she dug him up, this horticulturalist who couldn’t tell the difference between Cuckoopint and Easter Lily? Oh well, that was the problem with small ads.

Later, she realised she hadn’t been fair. Both species had dark and glossy leaves and loved the dank. And naturalised calla lilies weren’t usual in cool British climes. She hadn’t known what they were either when the first one appeared, the year her daughter was born.

‘I thought they all died when Mrs. H passed on,’ Alison’s neighbour reported over the fence. ‘They’re a bit finicky. Native of South Africa I think she said. You must have the touch.’

A second plant flowered with daughter number two.

And then the deaths started. Her parents died within months of each other, the following summer there were two more stems.

A grandson arrived, so did a flower.

Her husband died, another head appeared.

Alison kept the lilies safe from the uninitiated, and feared the day a spike grew of which she had no foreknowledge.

memorial blooms

chart family history

blessing or curse



Lords and Ladies

Calla Lily

I think the prompt’s a peace lily, but that didn’t suit my purposes.




13/4/13 Peace

‘The topic for this week is Peace. “Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” A quote by William Hazlitt

Here are some easy-to-follow rules:

  • The word limit is 220, haiku finish, making the haibun
  • Haiku suggested without capitals or punctuations
  • The haiku is preferably preceded by prose (For e.g., your personal experiences or stories)’


What is Peace? (136 words)

He is withdrawn over breakfast, pulls a face every time she opens her mouth.

Why does she keep having a go at him?

He barks at her when she asks what’s the matter.

Why does she keep going on? Why can’t she just leave him alone?

He says there is nothing wrong. She backs-off.

Why is she ignoring him?

Nothing has sparked this spat. There has been no argument. There is no hidden keg of emotion waiting to explode.

They spit and hiss, circle, glance and parry. Their silence is full of noise.

And then it is over.

Plans and meals are made together. Confidences are shared, conspiracies debated. Smiles and laughter fill the air. They touch each other once again.

Until the next time.

warring couple

fight for days not knowing why

love overcomes fear


Written by Sarah Ann

April 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

7 Responses

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  1. Thank you for liking my first haibun ‘Close’, your future visits and likes 🙂


    April 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  2. Family tragedies and bloom..a sentimental haiku in the end. The second haibun on peace is so close to reality..enjoyed the haiku, ‘Love overcomes fear..’ really well done. Thanks!


    April 26, 2013 at 12:55 am

    • Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the haikus – I’m still learning, so any advice on how to improve is gratefully received. And yes, the peace haiburn was written from life, and not understanding it.

      Sarah Ann

      April 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  3. the first story made my spine tingle.. great job connecting the flowers to life and death.. the second story’s just so adorable haha and yes, very close to reality ^^


    April 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    • Spine tingling’s good. And I’m glad you thought the second one was adorable – I hadn’t looked at it that way so I’m glad you’ve made me step back and reassess. Thank you.

      Sarah Ann

      April 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

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