The Melt-Down

I can’t do this another moment. The thought was coiling its way around her inner being, replacing her prior mantra that she could do anything when necessary to achieve her goals. Her goal was to make it through the day. She clenched her stomach and sucked in a deep breath, leaning her head into the bricks, wishing she could meld with them somehow, become hardened , her structure set in mortar. The best she could do was set her jaw rigidly into place, creating a concrete mold of her being. Stoic.

The door met her with resistance, its seal obstinate against her pull. Or maybe it was the other way around. As her foot touched the carpeted mat, cold air met her face in stark contrast to the faces trying to exude warmth. She despised the pity emanating from them, arms reaching out to suffocate her with concern and compassion. Cavalier.

She sucked in another deep breath and nodded to the director. She was ready – ready for the unnecessarily ostentatious service that would occur prior to her being required to balance herself upright as his dust melted into the weeping ground – just as she was ready to find a dark, silent, lonely space where she could feel real again. Unrefined.

The showering heat

Melted her façade away.

Restored through cleansing.

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Thanks to Yer Pirate and Ese’s Voice for their hospitality in inviting me to join in:

The Līgo Haībun Challenge ~ Prompt ”Melt”

ligo-challenge2Haībun is Prosimetric writing. The haībun format here for the Līgo Haībun Challenge is as follows ~

paragraph (more than one paragraph is fine, or just a few sentences) in prose form of either

  • a descriptive passage , or excerpt from a story/or previously published post
  • an explanation 
  • a tale
  • a travelogue
  • a news item
  • a recipe


  • the haiku to close


This week’s  word prompt is ~ MELT ~ the word need not feature in your haibun but can in any form.


ligo_circle_of_appreciation2In follow-up, I am most appreciative of the special mention received for this challenge & quite proud to display the lovely Honourable Mention Līgo Logo.




20 thoughts on “The Melt-Down

  1. This is deep, and commanding – I keep reading it again and again, the rejuvenation theme so strong. I enjoyed, and understood her despair, distrust of the shallow sympathy she endures. This is a mysterious, complex haibun. Thank you very much.

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