Ecstasy – Ligo Haibun Challenge

AnElephantCant express his feelings
Some things are more precious than words
So he simply says
That he is so often amazed
By the best when he expects the worse

The Haibun Ligo Challenge is a weekly event hosted by the multi-talented Penny in concert with the superb Nightlake and the redoubtable Pirate.
Visit them for all the guidelines and background.

This week’s chosen prompt is Ecstasy.

The Leader

The Leader


They finish their ice creams – the high spot of their day – and head homewards through the park, their park.
It has been their haunt for six or more years now, since their young leader first learned to walk.
As always, they both carry sticks or, to be more precise, magic dragon secret mammoth multi-functional hydrosonic stick guns.
An explorer has to be prepared for every eventuality.
He is instructed to enter a gap in a thick clump of bushes, as the dynamic front man scouts round the side.
His old legs are beginning to creak after a long afternoon when his foot catches in a root and he is suddenly sprawling full length in a wreckage of branches and leaves.
He is badly winded and painfully aware of the excruciating damage to his left shin, which he suspects will result in a bruise the size of Oregon.
Embarrassed and hurt, he awaits the final humiliation of laughter.
A face appears through the branches.
It wears a look of concern, not amusement.
A hand reaches for his, helps him to his feet.
Are you all right, he is asked for the fourth or fifth time.
The words of the wise woman come back to him then.
She was right, of course, and he was wrong to doubt her.

there is no ecstasy
like the knowledge
of pure love

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18 Responses to Ecstasy – Ligo Haibun Challenge

  1. a wonderful story beautifully told. And there is so much truth in the haiku;. Well done 🙂


  2. Christina ~ says:

    I love this….a journey through so many emotions written in your exquisitely erudite and fantabulously magnitasic magical ways…I all ways adore reading your words!!

    I also participated this week!! Eeee… nervous hehe but would seriously value your thoughts…as always!! Because your the bestest!! ~ Heffalump Hugs!!


    • Christina is as kind as she is beautiful.
      AnElephant is once again flattered beyond even his normal loquaciousocity!
      And he visits your Haibun and returns humbled by your extraordinary eloquentariness.


  3. nightlake says:

    True words. You can even forget your pain in such ecstacy


  4. Penny L Howe says:

    I’d also like to add. You can see the love in his young eyes, steadfast and true. You earned it!


  5. Penny L Howe says:

    I am most sincerely moved. xo


  6. emmylgant says:

    Du pur bonheur.
    Comme toujours, sans exception.


  7. Alastair says:

    AnElephant has told us a wonderful tale
    Of pure and perfect love
    When they see a kid fall
    They help them stand tall
    All the while smiling above


  8. Anja says:

    What a wonderful piece to read first thing in the morning! I really love it and it brought such a smile to my face. Such tenderness AnElephant.


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