Bells – the Līgo Haībun Challenge

AnElephantCant pretend to feel upbeat
Perhaps it’s the dour Scottish weather
To make himself feel brighter
He writes something lighter
Then heads off for a romp in the heather

Time for the next Līgo Haībun Challenge .
The chosen topic for this week (starting 18th May) is Bells:




He raises his head expectantly when he hears the bells.
They have a sonorousness which he does not fully understand, but he knows when they ring she will come skipping out the door.

She always looks so young at these times, wearing a pretty bright dress, gloves and a hat.

And, although she seems in a hurry, she always has time to speak to him, promising him his heart’s desire on her return.
Then she steps out briskly towards the high steeple which makes the noise.

The door opens.
He struggles to his feet, delight emanating from every fibre of his being.
But she does not come dancing out.

Instead the men re-emerge, carrying a long narrow box between them.
They carry it to the first of the black cars waiting at the roadside.

Somehow he knows she will not come again.
His heart breaks as he turns back to his kennel.

the death of love
is nature’s reminder
of life’s inevitable futility



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18 Responses to Bells – the Līgo Haībun Challenge

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    Bitter sweet and pulling at my heart strings. Very good.


  2. Peripatetic Eric says:

    Wonderfully written, engrossing. I just posted and see there is a slender common thread here.


  3. Penny L Howe says:

    Magnificently sad! Beautifully poignant! Painfully moving!


  4. Alastair says:

    Beautiful and sad.


  5. nightlake says:

    Hi Elephant, Do let me know if you can view the other links? Thanks:)


  6. nightlake says:

    lovely narrative. a painful ending. As you said in the haiku, life loses its meaning with the loss of something so valuable.


  7. mscottbaker says:

    And the heart takes to wings.
    Nicely said.


  8. yarnspinnerr says:

    inevitable indeed and so sad.
    Beautifully narrated. 🙂


  9. Very sad but touchingly beautiful



  10. emmylgant says:

    Tres beau, triste, vrai, inevitable.
    La beaute de l’art n’enleve pas
    le dechirement impitoyable
    Qui suit a petit pas.


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