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.
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
© 2013 jody love
Haībun is Prosimetric writing. The haībun format here for the Līgo Haībun Challenge is as follows ~
A 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.
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