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