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#Haibun – A Bishop’s Walk

“My hair may turn white as frost before I return from those fabled places – or maybe I won’t return at all.”, ” … I felt three thousand miles rushing through my heart, the whole world only a dream.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Narrow Road to the Interior 

Take a lonely path
Beyond the arch, his refuge
The grand post brings hope

The bishop’s robes glide across the cobbled stones dragging a layer of snow as he leisurely walks across the courtyard. He takes enjoyment in basking in the simple pleasures of the oil lamps’ warm glow that give the cathedral an inviting presence during a cold winter evening. He just got back from a prayerful hike in the mountains behind the cathedral, one of his favorite, pleasurable avocations. He can’t wait to perform a few hymns on the organ listening to the melodies echo in the ideal room acoustics of the main hall before he leaves for his journey in the deep north. It helps keep him young at heart despite all the white hair brought about from the hardships he has faced this past year.

In response to:

Bishop’s classic song to Jean Valjean in movie “Les Miserables”
Britain’s boy band “Collabro” sings brilliantly!


Hello everyone! I'm a technical writer by day, creative writer by night. I have a wild imagination yearning for more in life. I'm fascinated by many subjects that have developed into a sort of mental and physical wanderlust that ultimately leads me to experience a variety of cultural shocks. Welcome to my journey and looking forward to reading your blogs!

54 thoughts on “#Haibun – A Bishop’s Walk

  1. Spectacular post Sa. I love Matsuo Basho’s quote. His books are filled with wisdom. You did a marvelous write while weaving in all those prompts making it a very meaningful story. The haiku shines alone.

  2. Beautiful post filled with such warmth and heart. I love that the pope plays the organ to keep him young at heart and it brings him joy. We all need to do more of the things that light us up!😊 ❤️

    1. Thank you Dracul! ❤ I appreciate you stopping by. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories from various prompts. It's generally from my heart which gives me a break from my head. 😉

    1. Thanks! I really wanted to join you on the Haibun Road, but it seems I met a lot of inspiring prompts along the way. 😄 Like the Canterbury Tales, it makes for a fun ride! 😊

  3. A great job combining all the varied elements into a single, coherent and nicely flowing literary work, Sa! 🙂

    (Tell me it took you more than 10 minutes? Please!?) 😉

      1. Resent you? Heaven forfend! 🙂

        I may just brood a few weeks over your obviously ‘effortless’ talents in the literary sphere however! 😉

        Hugo?? I should have thought you’d at least be on first name terms by now?? 😉

    1. Thank you Colleen! I sometimes wonder if this is how Bob Ross feels when he turns a squiggle into a wonderful pine tree. My imagination goes wild with prompts. 😊❤

  4. A bishop’s walk was a captivating read. A nice short, detailed sonnet in a bishop’s life, display his “leisurely walk”, thoughts of music in his mind, and his physical attributes over the crouse of a year. Great work!

    – Renee Verona

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