The topic or prompt for this week’s Līgo Haībun Challenge is FANTASY!
“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” Said Maya Angelou
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.
Flowing, sound and body moved as one. Twirling, twirling. The music played a hypnotic rhythm. Her performance, that of exquisite grace, each movement executed with elegance and precision. The audience was spellbound, captured by her performance. After the final pirouette she bowed to thundering applause from the audience.
Hers, a composed face, immobile as the legs encased in the stirrups of her wheelchair while she kept replaying the fantasy in her head, again and again. Alicia wheeled herself onto the open floor, fantasy firmly fixed in her mind. I am a great dancer, she thought, closing her eyes as she danced yet again. It seemed so real, she could feel the movement of her legs, she could feel …
Alicia opened her eyes and then held her breath. She was standing up, on her legs – without support. The music was still in her mind. She took one cautious step and then another away from the wheel chair. How was this even possible? Closing her eyes the music entered her body again. When she opened them she had moved across the room, on her own.
She could not imagine how, but Alicia knew her fantasy had become a first step to reality. She would be a great dancer. She closed her eyes, twirling to the music.reality dreams fantasy’s magical dance dreams reality
Thank you. Have a great week!
33 thoughts on “The Dancer – Līgo Haībun Challenge”
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one can almost feel this dancer’s heart thumping with happiness and delight…a very beautiful moving haibun story. fantastic miracle! ♥
Thank you, so very much, for your kind words of praise.
fantasy AND inspiration.. well done 🙂 the vivid descriptions are so wonderful!
Thank you kz. I really do appreciate your compliments, thank you very much! 🙂
That’s great! Beautiful for the fantasy theme, but also appropriate for the inspiration one too.
Thank you David!
What a beautiful story Penny.. left me warm inside.
Thank you Björn. Very much appreciate your kind words!
Wonderful story, the storyline flowing and the message spilling out. Without hope and dreams what would we be.
Thank you Eric!
Magical, as is all your writing Penny. Love your haiku! 🙂
Thank you LuAnn! 🙂
The music had inspired her and the fantasy had become a reality. a lovely haibun, Penny
Thank you very much Padmini!
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Thank you RoSy! 🙂 xo
The way you describe her movement….amazing….!!!
Admire the way of writing and filling your thoughts with exact words…
Your illustration of words may not need image to describe your thought…
Truly amazing Penny….!!
Thank you Kazi for your generous compliments.
Beautiful ! And yes, very inspiring.
Thank you very much!
I have nominated you Sunshine Award, Penny. Please check it at http://zyoshiko.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/sunshine-award/.
Thank you, Yosihko
Thanks again Yoshiko, as I mentioned the other day in your comment section I appreciate your nomination very much! With a few writing deadlines to resolve, I have unfortunately very little time to pass these wonderful awards on to others right now, but again I thank you for your generous thoughts! 🙂
You are welcome, Penny. You can do so when you have the time 🙂
Talk about the audience being spell bound … your words had me spell bound… marvelous piece that could ring true for some… if they would only dream…
Thank you Bulldog. Dreams are the “stuff” of miracles! xx
Wow Penny — this was breathtaking. Speaks of hope and the beauty in that hope. Fantasy and reality can blend — stunning and wonderful! xo Love and Affection Always, R
Thank you Robyn, much love, xo
That’s beautiful Penny. Miracles can happen at any time. At any place. Anywhere. When you least expect it.
I loved the way you did the haiku especially the first and last lines
Thank you Alastair! 🙂 xx