Sarah Ann Hall

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

Ligo Haibun – Strike while the iron is hot

with 8 comments

Last week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge had the prompts:



Strike while the iron is hot – Chaucer

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.


Unfortunately, I was too late to link up. The idea came, and I know what I’m trying to say, but I don’t think I’m saying it very well.


Strike while the iron is hot (103 words)

Metals are crystalline in structure. Repeated use, hitting or bending, reduces the gaps between crystals, which makes metal brittle and can lead to cracks and snapping. Heating re-orders the crystals, creates space, makes rigidity malleable. Over-heating turns metal to liquid.

When an offer is made or opportunity arises, pounce. Don’t procrastinate or others might crowd in and take your place. More energy and effort will be required to get back to the initial position than would have been exerted by accepting immediately. Thinking leads to inflexibility. Anger and frustration result in meltdown.

heat ‘til cherry red

crystals all at attention

hammer into shape


Written by Sarah Ann

May 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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8 Responses

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  1. Metallurgy of opportunity.
    Deep thought or a background of chemistry 🙂


    May 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

  2. I see a similarity between humans and metals. Great haiku!

    Peripatetic Eric

    May 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  3. Your point on procrastination is so true. an interesting haiku to finish:)


    May 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

  4. Yes…should have followed this…


    May 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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