Sarah Ann Hall

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dVerse Haibun Monday 2 – Kahlil Gibran

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For dVerse’s second haibun Monday Björn and Hamish have chosen two quotes of Khalil Gibran as prompts to write to. I decided to go with the second, then the first, and think what I’ve ended up with could fit with either.


“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”




“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.”




There are two women from the same town in Spain working in my London office. They didn’t know each other when growing up. In the UK the learnt they had acquaintances in common back home. Both are short, dark and wear their hair long. One is cuddly, the other svelte. With one I talk dance, food, family and not putting things off; with the other it’s paper jams in the printer.


for new discoveries

know which woman to befriend

she who lives and loves


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Written by Sarah Ann

October 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

13 Responses

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  1. I can really visualize the difference, between the two women.. I think there is a difference, but those we talk paperjams with can have a hidden side… thank your for joining our Haibun Monday,

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    October 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    • Ah yes, the hidden depths of the paper jam woman. She has a wall around here that it will take a while to scale, but hopefully it will be worth the effort. In the meantime I’ll make fun with the cuddly one.

      Sarah Ann

      October 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  2. Oh.. two paths of Friends
    and Human BEinGs
    in general..
    yes.. two paths
    of cognition in general
    Social ways of connecting
    and Mechanical ways of problem
    solving.. while Problem
    solving is required
    for modern
    way is
    Loving Life..

    Live social..
    solve problems..
    see ya later..:)


    October 7, 2015 at 10:27 pm

  3. funny how away from home, we strike up friendships with people we never thought we could be friends ~ I like how unique a friendship is one from another ~

    Thanks for participating in our Haibun Monday ~


    October 8, 2015 at 1:20 am

    • Thank you for hosting.
      I think humans like to stick with what they know – a friendly accent from home and former enemies will become friends in a strange land.

      Sarah Ann

      October 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

  4. I love the way yo laid out the differences in these two characters…interesting lead up and wise conclusion!

    Hannah Gosselin

    October 8, 2015 at 4:10 am

    • I’m glad you think the decision is wise 🙂 but maybe a little too safe too. Thanks for reading.

      Sarah Ann

      October 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  5. an interesting character study….

    Sumana Roy

    October 8, 2015 at 6:40 am

  6. A nice piece of philosophising at the end!

    Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    October 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  7. An interesting scene, with the mystery of why we are drawn to some more than others woven in. A thoughtful piece!


    October 9, 2015 at 4:13 am

    • Thank you. Happy you enjoyed reading and it made you think.

      Sarah Ann

      October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  8. It’s funny how we are prompted to strike up friendships with some but not others.


    October 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    • Hi Janna. Isn’t it! I think we are attracted to people who look/ sound like people we’ve liked in the past. It’s easier to stick with what we know.

      Sarah Ann

      October 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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