Haibun Thinking: A Night Time Stroll

On a Tuesday, new prompts are added to the Haibun Thinking page to create a post using the Japanese form of writing. Write a piece of at least one paragraph and finish it with a haiku style ending. If you want to know more about the Haibun, then you can go either to the Haibun Thinking page where it has examples, or you can go to Penny’s blog The Haven Of Haibun which goes into easy to read details of how they are created. Once this has been, you can stick a link in the creature and then have a look at what the other couple of people have written.

The prompts this week were a photo and the literary quote:

“Not all who wander are lost”
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)

© Alastair Forbes

By day, the hustle and bustle of the town is all around. People running to work, walking there, driving, bussing, going by taxi, driving; roads fill with vehicles where everyone is thinking about going to work, where the next pay check is coming from, where the money for the next bill, where the next meal is coming from. The day is filled with worry, with stress, with sounds of other people wondering the same things. Thinking about having more money going out than coming in, wondering where presents for Christmas are going to come from.

The end of the working day and heading home along with many other people, the thoughts the same as the morning, but this time there is the thought of relaxation. To sink into the favourite chair and get lost in the mundane life of television.

There is an alternative. Walk along the sea front beside the calmness of the water. Watch the reflection of the lights glitter off the water, feel the peacefulness of the air, the fresh breath. Let the worries float out to sea, and be washed away. Then when you go home, you can sleep with peace.

a night time beach walk
is sometimes all you need
to blow cobwebs out

A Century On – Remember The Fallen

100 years ago, a war started. They called it The War To End All Wars. Over 16 million people died in that War. Over 20 million were wounded.

The War did not end all wars. It showed a new way of killing millions. Maybe one day we will look back at every single man woman and child who gave their lives or had their lives taken, and see it as a barbaric time in the growing of mankind. It would be perfect if no-one else had to die because of a tyrant wanting oil, or a despot wanting a neighbouring country; a dictator wanting more power or an oppressor ruling by execution.

People like my grandfather who died as a result of being in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. My cousin who watched his friends die in the first Iraq war. Wars were bloody before that, and they have been bloody since. Nobody wins in a war, but everybody loses.

Whether you call it Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, today we remember every soldier who gave their life in conflict.

Below the photo is a poem I wrote two years ago and reposted last year on November 11th.

Poppy growing outside the Battle of Britain War Memorial, taken in 2012

Poppy growing outside the Battle of Britain War Memorial, taken in 2012

Remember The Fallen

For what they gave, we always remember
Every year, on the eleventh of November

For those heroes, there will be no tomorrow
We think of them and their courage with sorrow

In the UK, it is Sunday, Day of Remembrance
Where we think of the fallen with much deference

In the US, the day is called veteran’s Day
Where troops march past where the soldiers lay

We think of the soldiers who have died in a war
And we know full well there will be many more

All wars come with a very high price
We mourn those who pay the ultimate sacrifice

All soldiers are heroes and have our respect
You know what I say is true and correct

I hope one day we can say no soldier has died
Where countries can live together, side by side

Until then we can only hope and pray
Our men and women see another day

© A Forbes 2012