Līgo Haībun Challenge – Peace

The topic or prompt for this week’s Līgo Haībun Challenge is:

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” ~ William Hazlittm

 The haībun format for the Līgo Haībun Challenge is a written paragraph ( more than one paragraph is fine, or just a few sentences in prose form), closing this piece with the haiku/collection of haiku related to the text. The haiku should be as authentic as possible. Ideally the entire haibun will total fewer than 220 words. (Quote found by Nightlake.)

Once again I feel the need to apologize for my written piece. It is definitely not prose. Just my way of illustrating the fiction of how we live our lives today while we write and think on the meaning of the word peace. Quite the dichotomy!

BULLETIN JUST IN… late breaking news. Today in a surprising decision reached by thechildren majority of ruling nations of the planet it was decided that the word PEACE will no longer be allowed to be spoken. It was found the word incites riots, foments political unrest and in general promotes an attitude that is not in keeping with the current policies of those governing bodies of the world. Peaceful protests and nonviolent demonstrations by many individuals and organizations are scheduled for …

a restless stirring 
from within and from without
peace patiently waits
is it causation
humanities bane
power equals war


Thank you,

~ Penny

Penny L Howe


34 thoughts on “Līgo Haībun Challenge – Peace

  1. This was a very creative response to this prompt. The haiku contrasting internal and external peace is those few words is excellent. The news flash is a unique element and speaks such truth about the media.

  2. Sadly that bulletin seems way too real.
    It’s bad enough with peace – I don’t want to imagine a world null & void of it.
    And – with that I leave my higs & smiles… xx 🙂 🙂 xx

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  4. How tragic, and yet, how true.
    You captured the conflict and contrast of the times we live in beautifully.
    A thoughtful and profound piece, loved the haiku too.

    • For me it was the idea of presenting contrasts. The news media by its nature is inflammatory, specific and to the point, almost brutal in it’s approach. The very opposite of what being peaceful means. The photo is self explanatory of course. The idea conveyed in the haiku was the very real awareness that each human has about the desire for personal peace as we go about living in a world that is anything but peaceful! A duality of sorts.

    • Hi Lesley, sigh, if only the news media (in all its formats) would share positive and uplifting information and content. An emphasis on the good things that ARE happening around the world too. Can you imagine the impact it would have for those who do view the news! Thank you for the beautiful rosebud Lesley ~ you made my day my friend! 🙂 xx

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