Sea Wall – Ligo Haibun Challenge

AnElephantCant swim like a dolphin
He can’t even swim like an otter
But when he sees waves and foam
He feels quite at home
AnElephant is happiest when he is by the water

The Haibun Ligo Challenge is a weekly event now hosted by Pirate and the ever energetic Ese.
Visit them for all the guidelines and background.
AnElephant’s choice of prompt this week is:

View from the sea wall by AnElephantCant

View from the sea wall by AnElephantCant

Sea Wall

The waxing moon is up, two-thirds full now, climbing slowly, its transparency making it nearly invisible in the lightness of the sky, which is in dramatic contrast to the dark sea below.
It is due east of the rocks where he sits happily, if needlessly, gnawing on the end of his baguette.
The sound of the waves rumbles over the music in his ears, so he switches it off, apologising to Smokey Robinson as he does so.
The warmth of the sun on his back is pleasantly surprising, for it is 4 o’clock and almost mid-November.
On impulse he reaches again for his music, makes a new selection, and listens, entranced, as Luciano Pavarotti builds slowly to the climax of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.
His world is truly a place of beauty.

simple pleasures
bring exquisite joy
to the simple heart

He wanders out to the end of the Marina, and exchanges  pleasantries with a charming man, a Spaniard who lives in Toulon.
When he confesses to his current project, short stories in rhyme for children, he is assured by his new friend that this is a winner.
Everyone spends money on les gosses!
Great fortunes from his writing have so far eluded him with ease, but he knows that in many ways he is rich beyond his dreams.

there is no need
for great wealth
when the soul is nourished

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23 Responses to Sea Wall – Ligo Haibun Challenge

  1. Ye Pirate says:

    Poignant, and pure too. Wonderfully described, and makes me long for France and southern Europe, but beautiful points made. A very nice haibun indeed.


  2. Peripatetic Eric says:

    I really get a deep sense of simple pleasures here. It comes across very well.


  3. Sun says:

    there may a wall by the sea but i foresee only good projects blooming for this gentle soul. ☺


  4. twoscamps says:

    Simple pleasures, a simple heart. Beautiful and profound. This was a joy to read.


  5. Brenda says:

    Inquiring minds left inquiring… I will wait for developments. Meanwhile I am working on a picture book story for a scholarship submission to be critiqued at a writer’s conference. I am worried I will be beaten out by a rhyming story. I am worried I will be beaten out by most everything!! Sigh for my tiny ego.


  6. nightlake says:

    True, there is no need for wealth and even fame when the soul is happy. very few people find happiness in simple things. amazing photo here. like the term, waxing moon..lovely read


  7. emmylgant says:

    Gorgeous, elegant like an Art Nouveau curve. It flows without sharp edges or unecessary noise. I.
    …Great fortunes from his writing have so far eluded him with ease. Self-deprecating humour at its best!
    Absolument superbe. J’adore.


  8. “there is no need
    for great wealth
    when the soul is nourished”

    Love this Brian….. true sentiment 🙂 huggggs


  9. Brenda says:

    Huge smiles for rhyming books for kids. 🙂


  10. julespaige says:

    Let me know when it’s published… remember I have two grands now. 😉
    I’ve had a thought to publish some of my Elfje (short five line poems for children too)…
    But treasures are abundant with those little people hugs and smiles that nourish my soul :).


    • Not a book, dear Jules, but a double secret (at this time) project which will revolutionise the pleasure of reading for and to children!
      Will keep you posted.


      • julespaige says:

        Oooh, mysterious. Cyber hugs for support – that’s the best I can do from a distance!

        Oh…our little 3 year (not quite plus 6 months grandson) wrote out his name the other day. So cute. Took up the whole standard piece of copy paper for four letters! All facing in the correct direction too!


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