Haibun Thinking – Earth Day

Haibun Thinking is a weekly writing challenge with a difference. You are given prompts to create something with, and then end it with a three-line haiku style piece.

If you want to have a go, then click HERE, or if you want to read what others have written, then click on the frog.

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Out of this week’s choices, I chose Sally’s photo.

© Sally – My Beautiful Things

 Looking out over the water, the couple could not help but admire the way the sea crashed against the rocks, and spewed seaweed further back. Pieces of wood, paper and plastic littered the shoreline from rubbish left by others who frequented the area. Every day it was the same … every day sightseers and bathers came down to the sea … every day they left behind rubbish and anything else they could not or would not carry home … every day the couple came down as the sea came in and helped to clean the area. They bagged some of the rubbish, but the sea took the rest, sweeping it back as far as it could go before racing it forward with force to dump it in the areas just beyond the beach that even now filled to almost over flowing.

Today though, something changed. The couple stepped back as the water receded further than normal. It receded so far back that they could barely see it. Colour drained from the woman’s face at the thought of what this could mean, and looking to the safety of their car, they knew they would not make it. All they ever did was to come down and help the sea tidy up. Every night they came down and now, the thought of not making it to the car terrified her.

The man’s ears popped at the change in pressure and he held his wife tightly as the sea came hurtling back faster than they had seen before. Just before he closed his eyes, he thought he saw a face in the waves, and then the water was over them and throwing itself against the sea walls, breaking them down and still the sea carried on coming.

Eventually, the water receded and the couple still stood there, dry, but they could not see their car, or any other vehicle, and houses along the front stood in tatters. The destruction was immense and incredible. The full force of nature blasted through and showed how its anger looked. The wood, plastic and rubbish seemed evenly laid out. The words were very easy to read: RESPECT ME

nature’s full fury
shows respect is required now
today is earth day

Friday Fictioneers: Salvage And Reclamation

Every week, Rochelle shares another photo that she has been given for us to use as a prompt in writing a piece of fiction in about 100 words. If you want to have a go, take a look here, If you want to see what others have written, then click on the blue creature.

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Salvage & Reclamation

«100 words­»

On the boat, Raquel waited for her husband, Cameron as he investigated the wreckage of the Tudor ship. He assured her they would live very comfortably on the salvage he retrieved.  She stood looking over the side and thinking how she would gloat to her friends about the money they acquired, when the rope pulled, indicating Cameron needed pulling up.

After ninety seconds, he stood on the deck with Raquel screaming at him for bringing nothing up. “But I did bring something up” he admitted. He pulled his diving helmet off, and Raquel’s sudden scream ended abruptly with a gurgle.

Teaser Tuesday – April 22nd 2014

teaser tuesdayTeaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasercholera

Independence from Spain and then the abolition of slavery precipitated the conditions of honorable decadence in which Dr. Juvenal Urbino had been born and raised. The great old families sank into their ruined palaces in silence.

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (5% Kindle edition – Loc 289 of 6083)

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Haibun Thinking ~ A Soul Is More Than A Soul

Haibun Thinking is a weekly challenge that gives a choice of using one of two prompts to create a Haibun.

Haibun is a Japanese literary form that combines one or more paragraphs of your written narrative (prose) with a concentrated (short) poem – the haiku. Hai stands for haiku, bun stands for prose.

The haibun and/or the haiku present a relationship between the nature of the human experience and ‘nature’ (the natural order of life).

If you would like to have a go, then take a look here, or if you would like to see what others have written, then take a look through the froggy.

This week the choices were:



“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”
- Good Will Hunting

A Soul Is More Than A Soul

Every person in this world has someone special to them, whether that is a friend, brother, lover, sister, mother. Some people have more than one of these special people. Mythology says that humans used to have two heads, four arms, four legs and were unstoppable. The Gods at the time did not like this, so they threw thunder, they threw lightning, and they split these people into two so each had two arms, two legs and one head, but it also split the soul in two. For the rest of eternity, humans try to find the other part of their souls.

This is one reason we have soul mates – to be complete again. Each person has at least one soul mate. This is the special person we each have. A soul mate does not have to be the lover, the wife, the husband. It can be a member of a family or a friend. Some of us may find our soul mate early in life, others – very late. Some may be fortunate enough to find more than one in their lifetime. People like this are truly lucky.

One of the reasons we have a soul mate is so that we can learn who (or whom) we are, so we can learn how we can truly be, so we can be ourselves. Our soul mates are there, you may not realise that they are there. They may have been in your life for some time lifting you up with just little things they say, little things they do, a look, a smile, a nod.

you are not alone
when your soul is completed
two can become one