Sarah Ann Hall

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

Ligo Haibun – Midsummer

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This week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge was about midsummer. Unfortunately, the longest day in the UK was foreshortened by cloud, which led me to think of my brother in Australia experiencing their shortest day, and so family was in my mind as I attempted this week’s prompts.

‘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.

  • 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.
  • Your haibun should have ‘nature’ or an aspect of nature as a general theme.’


For years Martin wove and wore the largest midsummer crown; his only recognition was the knowledge and respect of the village, and the women who came to his door. As an old man, Martin was invited to lead the solstice parade, and then to light the first fire of the festivities. At the end of his life, he lived for midsummer.

Years later, Martin’s family still spearhead the celebrations. His great granddaughters entwine oak boughs with blossoms for all the village; his nephews are the nimblest over the carnival fires; his cousins sing and make merry, conducting the commemorations. And, as the day wears on, most in the village declaim their kinship with Martin.

midsummer festival

binds generations through time

consanguineous lives



Written by Sarah Ann

June 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm

9 Responses

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  1. Beautiful. How the granddaughters celebrate the tradition with spirit and enthusiasm. A festival that binds the family. well done


    June 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

    • Thank you. I really wasn’t sure about this piece. I cobbled it together in a rush so I’m very happy you think it works.

      Sarah Ann

      June 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

  2. Your haibun is beautifully written, rich with tradition and the essence of celebrating nature! the accompanying haiku excellent!

    Penny L Howe

    June 28, 2013 at 2:14 am

    • Thank you Penny. The haiku was a bit of a struggle this week. The first two lines came okay, but the last one took a some thinking (and a thesaurus). 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      June 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  3. This is a lovely, touching ‘tale’, where one feels sympathy and emphathy – it is a lovely idea that he looks forward to the solstice, to communing with nature and those around him.


    June 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    • Thanks Pirate. I’m happy you found it touching. I think the young Martin possibly did too much communing with those around him, consequently the solstice celebrations held lots of happy memories.

      Sarah Ann

      June 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  4. Superbly done.
    Excellent writing, a fascinating tale and a beautiful haiku.


    June 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    • Oh Elephant, you’re making me blush. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      June 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

  5. Tradition that lives in the hearts of those who follow – well done Sarah and loved the Haiku.


    June 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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