This week, I have decided to dip another toe in the world of the haibun – a piece of prose followed by a haiku poem. The Līgo Haibun Challenge is hosted by Penny,Ye Pirate and Nightlake – why not take a trip to their blogs to find out more?
This week’s two alternative prompts are photos – of a goat and a group of penguins. I have chosen the penguins, for no particular reason at all! I hope you enjoy it. Please do go and check out the other entries by visiting any of the co-hosts’ blogs and finding the InLinkz linky thing! There are some very talented writers out there…
– Small Friend –
“Does your Daddy like penguins?”
I look down at the little face raised upwards like a smiling flower. Her small, sticky hand grips mine tightly as we watch the trio waddling around the penguin pool. The innocent question stabs at my heart, so delicately protected by a tissue of time. The words slice through, finding their target.
I smile, determined not to crumple in front of this cheerful four year old, lost in the excitement of her day out at the zoo.
“Who doesn’t like them? Don’t you think they look like old men, waddling around?”
She extracts her starfish hand from mine, holding out both hands – her signal for a ‘carry n’ cuddle’.
“Please, I’m tired now.”
I crouch down noticing the mild ache in the small of my back, a remnant of too many days spent in unforgiving hospital chairs. Picking her up, I relish the warmth of her grasp around my neck. One arm releases as a thumb slips into her mouth, and her index finger hooks over her nose, rubbing gently, comfortingly.
“Don’t be sad,” she says. “You can ask him when you get home.”