Līgo Haībun Challenge – The Buzz

The Līgo haībun format is as follows:

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


  • the haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as authentic as possible, with therefore no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max, all inclusive
  • each week there is a choice of two prompt words or phrases, or two visuals. Please choose one for your theme
  • wear the Līgo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog too if it is in the haibun Honourably Mentioned in Despatches each week!
  • prizes are given on sporadic occasions
  • submit a haibun for Haibun Today or Haibun Online magazines by pressing the link on the right!

Judges are: Penny L HoweManagua GunnNightlake (Padmini)

The choices this week are:


I always looked forward to going to a summer camp. My parents promised me I could go as soon as I was old enough. The first year I went to one was brilliant for the most part. Pitching the tents was easy, after all, we won the Regionals for the Tent Pitching Competition and we came second in the Nationals.

Pitching was quick so now the time was there to do what we want. We went in different ways, with some of us going to the woods, and others went to annoy some of the tent other pitchers. I found an area with Dragonflies. There were a lot Dragonflies. I didn’t see the Damselflies. Or the wasps. Or the bees.

bees and wasps
attack the intruders
forcing them to flee

I was 11 at the time and my back was covered so badly that it looked like a mountain range. For three days I had to have my back wiped with salves to ease the stings and bites. 


54 thoughts on “Līgo Haībun Challenge – The Buzz

  1. Wow, you captured that all too painfully. Yikes. I knew there was a reason I had no interest in summer camp. I love the haiku. Nice work all around. I’m delighted to have found this community. I’ll have to try your photo prompt.

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  3. Great story and I could feel your pain. When I was a child, my younger brother was stung by a mass of wasps as our cousin beat a bush with a stick, not knowing the wasp nest was inside.

  4. The fastest I ever put up a tent was when I was 16 and doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award silver expedition in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. We had a long trek the first day which ended at Lough Shannagh – and it started snowing, cold wet snow. The expedition was a three day trek which took in a complete circuit of the Mournes during which we also got stuck in a bog and had to retrace our steps making us late for our ETA on the second day. At least we didn’t have any more snow. It was a fantastic experience in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world 🙂

  5. Hi Alastair, so glad you entered the Challenge. Sounds like your camping experience (not the tent pitching, which sounds cool) but your personal challenge with the insects was dreadful. Your haiku summing up your experience, perfectly! 🙂 xx .

  6. A horrible experience for sure. It made for an enjoyable read, though….Thanks?? My apologies for the dragonfly pics the other day. I forgot about your experience. 😦 🙂

    • I was told they did which is what happened to me and made me terrified of them for years. I have recently (in the last 4 years) been looking to see if they do, and can find no information on it which is what leads me to believe it was wasps or bees.

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