Sarah Ann Hall

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

Ligo Haibun Challenge -13/7/13 – Field Observations

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This week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge had the prompts:

Lost Moments


The earth has music for those who listen – A quote by George Santayana

The following are the rules for this challenge:

  • The haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with no syllable count, no capitals or full stop
  • 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



This is my last LH entry for a while as I’m off to live new experiences, fuel the imagination, and hopefully store up some memories for future challenges. (I hope it’s obvious which prompt I chose.) Apologies in advance for not commenting/ replying this week as much as previously.



Field Observations (163 words)

The overture of the dawn chorus, small birds tweeting the day awake, is followed by the exposition of pee-o-wee-ing buzzards and kites swooping for food. Geese honk their fear, louder than an impatient motorist. The beating of swans’ wings mirrors spring-cleaning a rug with a wicker bat. The raucous cacophony of rooks returning to roost precedes the finale of owls screeching, seeing the day to its close.

Breezes tickle tree-tops, leaves whispering and rustling. Wind blows through trunks, branches snapping and cracking, leaves flapping.

Rain drumming on hard ground sounds like miniature dwarves tap dancing on the roof of a steel boat. Ducks slap across the roof or machine-gun weed from the hull.  Ice, bound by canal banks, creaks like the squeak of biting on an ice cube. Breaking ice creates a spooky shattering, that pings from side-to-side as someone attempts to move.

Snow swallows sound, blankets the countryside in silence.


listen hard to hear

above the din of man

nature’s orchestra

Ligo Hai badge


Written by Sarah Ann

July 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

6 Responses

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  1. A beautiful haibun. This is my fav from the lovely narrative, ‘Snow swallows sound, blankets the countryside in silence..’ Thank you for taking part. Is this to be your last LH for sometime? Will you be blogging though?


    July 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

  2. Lovely and very poetic haibun! I love how you have captured all these sounds and I too really liked the line about snow. 🙂


    July 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

  3. You are a natural at this Sarah Ann, Your haibun are always so well written. I will miss reading your artistry, hopeful it won’t be too long before you return. Have excellent adventures, In the meantime, Your entry this week is no exception, lovely to read with an excellent closing haiku! Thank you for being a part of the challenge! 🙂

    Penny L Howe

    July 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

  4. Beautiful sounds of nature in this haibun…really appreciate you chose us…very much. Will miss you! Hope you pass by sometime in the future, anytime. You’ll be always welcome….thank you again,take care and continue to see the through your adventurous eyes and kindred romany spirit…

    Ye Pirate

    August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • Thank you Pirate. I’ll be back to scribbling in a week or so. Plans to stay in the loop were curtailed by a tall lorry taking out the telegraph wires dangling across the street (reconnected now just as we’re about to leave) 🙂 Hope all is going well with the latest book

      Sarah Ann

      August 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

  5. ‘to see the world’ I meant…

    Ye Pirate

    August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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