Dabbling in – I mean, babbling on – (Topographic) Headiness

Have you ever stood back and looked – I mean, really looked – at the topography surrounding you? I don’t mean giving it a cursory glance, noticing some insignificant differential detail that’s undergone temporal metamorphosis due to a seasonal change. And I don’t mean commenting absent-mindedly to someone about the effects of the weather, whatever on earth those may be. And please don’t refer to that time you gave me those gawdawful directions based on a series of landmarks that were consequential to no one – I mean, absolutely no one – other than yourself.

metamorphosis –
not what I’m after with you
so don’t direct me

What I mean to say is this. Have you ever looked upon that sagging, aging body of ridge in its decline? Notice how it’s going bald on top, with only a sparse gathering of ornamentation poking up from its roots? And look at all the veins traveling about, rising to its surface, all varicosities of distraction. Do you suppose it gathers any relief from being surveyed like this? I would think not. After all, its contour has degraded by several degrees from its younger years. I don’t mean to cast any dispersion, but it surely no longer resides in its prime.

yet reach from heaven
and feel the bumps of hist’ry
earth’s phrenology


© 2013 jody love


The Līgo Haībun Challenge ~ Picture Prompt

Haībun 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

Remember the word limit is normally if not formally 220 words, including the haiku, and more than 1 haiku is fine.


Received the lovely Līgo Circle of Appreciation logo for Special Mentions on this piece.

More than anything, I’d like to direct you here to the awards dispatches to point the other mentioned work by Sunshine. Here’s what was said about it: Sunshine: Plight of a poor family in a beautiful mountainous region. Poverty defeats budding life.

Those of us who do not live in such struggling conditions still often face life’s defeats, but we don’t wake up each day battling against all odds for the lives of those we love. I thank those of you who search for ways to make a difference. And if you’re looking for a simple one today, follow the malaria link in my right navigational column. There, you’ll find a photo of some children from a small village in South Sudan outside of Yei. One of the little girls already battles with malaria. A gift as small as $10 can truly serve to save a life such as hers, her siblings’, her friends, her neighbors…Peace, -j

14 thoughts on “Dabbling in – I mean, babbling on – (Topographic) Headiness

  1. Pingback: Ligo Haibun Challenge – Peace | call2read

  2. This is wonderful.
    I am truly glad to have run into your blog. You aced the Haibun.
    Very very profound.
    I plan to dabble/babble this week, would be my first ever haiku. 🙂

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