Treasure – Ligo Haibun Challenge

AnElephantCant hide his tears
He can’t remember when he last shed so many
What on earth will it take
To replace the lovely Nightlake
And his favourite of all bloggers sweet Penny

The Haibun Ligo Challenge is a weekly event now hosted by Pirate and the inestimable Ese.
Visit them for all the guidelines and background.
This week we have a choice of prompt words.

Treasure or Despair.

AnElephant chooses this one.
Well ……




His name is Vidock.
Named by her late husband, of course, after the legendary French bandit and criminologist, Eugène François Vidocq.
He is bi-lingual, and is her last link to those halcyon days in the Jura Mountains of eastern France.
Before the senseless skiing accident that finished everything.
But she still has Vidock.
A cross German Shepherd and Husky, he is handsome and powerful.
She is always safe with him
Although advancing in years, he still has the energy of a three-year old.
Until yesterday.
He seemed lethargic, under the weather.
She took him to the vet this morning.

as rainbow follows rain
darkness follows light

She now sits with her arms around his shaggy neck, weeping.
There is no hope.
She makes her decision.
She will take him back tomorrow, to end his pain.

the hardest decisions
made for those we love
leave us in despair

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22 Responses to Treasure – Ligo Haibun Challenge

  1. Penny L Howe says:

    An excellent Haibun! Bravo. Beautiful composition, excellent choices of word usage, flowing so well. Just wonderfully written! xo


  2. twoscamps says:

    Beautifully expressed, your despair. Not an easy thing to do.


  3. hugmamma says:

    So sorry to hear of your sadness. I’ve thought of the day when my dog will have to leave us. I will miss her as I still miss other pets who have gone before. Hope it helps to know we’re all here for you…


  4. RoSy says:

    😦 How sad. And – a tough decision indeed.


  5. julespaige says:

    We had an Australian Shepard/ Collie mix for about nine years. We found her in a shelter. When we had to make that choice…to ease her pain. We never did, replace her. I remember you writing of this lovely fellow before so I believe this to be true. I sigh and share in shedding tears.
    Hugs to you for a wonderful memorial.


  6. nightlake says:

    Vidock is her last memory of her husband, now gone..a true story, isn’t it…very sad..and thank you for your kind words for Penny and me:)


  7. “the hardest decisions
    made for those we love
    leave us in despair”
    WOW! Beautiful sentiments. Thanks for a very lovely post. Have a great sunday.


  8. emmylgant says:

    Magnifique creve-coeur. Tu es un tresor d’ecriture.
    L’universalite des haikus est indisputable et la sobriete d’expression ajoute a leur puissance.


  9. dear Sir elephant this is so beautifully written. Great haibun in deed.


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