Haibun Thinking: The Sentinel

Every Tuesday, Haibun Thinking appears in the reader with a challenge 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). (thanks to Penny for this)

If you want to have a go, then head HERE, or if you want to see what others have written, head HERE.

This week is “Film Week” where a prompt from either a film or an actor/actress/director/producer etc or a donated photo. The quote this week is:

“Don’t forget – I’m just a girl,
standing in front of a boy,
asking him to love her.
— Notting Hill

I chose the photo though.

The Sentinel

The castle looms in the near distance like a sentinel watching over a land, making sure no one attempts to harm its charges. It has stood there for centuries, watching the seeds turning into trees, watching twigs turning into bushes, watching lakes turn into puddles and puddles turn into lakes. It watches people come and people go. It watches as life changes over the years, over the decades, over the centuries.

Horse power changes to horsepower; candle power changes to candlepower; lighthouses change to houses of light. Life turns to death and death to life. The sentinel sees this all and never comments. It stands in all weathers, just watching. As philosophers come and give their predictions and then time takes them, the castle watches those predictions come true or fade into nothingness.

The sentinel stands proud, never falling as it watches the creatures who built it find new ways to destroy each other, knowing they will find new ways again. It sees the families running through its halls getting to know it, knowing these small children will come here with their children.

If it could smile, it would as it knows that no matter what, there will always be people who want to learn about the history, about the life gone and times past. So the sentinel silently watches.

standing tall and proud
the castle watches time go by
sees life eternal

33 thoughts on “Haibun Thinking: The Sentinel

  1. yaaaAAAAaay. Well done. That first paragraph is my favorite–the waxing and waning of time well described with the changing terrain. Great picture–sentiment–closing hai-ku….

    although it’s really kinda a bye-coo…right there…haha you see…;)

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