#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!

54 Comments Add yours

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    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.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Helene! I’m exploring Basho’s work for the first time as Mary from Cactuz Haiku is sharing. I enjoyed imagining this story. It came to life.😊

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

        Well done, Sa. 🙂

    2. jazzytower says:

      Wow!! I’m impressed with how tightly you pulled all these prompts together. Very artfully done. A wonderful read.


      1. theresaly520 says:

        Thank you Pat! I really enjoy looking at a bunch of random words and pictures and creating a story!😄❤

        1. jazzytower says:

          You did a great job😊

  2. msjadeli says:

    Good slice of life in this one.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! I feel that haibun poems hone into details of life. I enjoy them. 🙂

      1. msjadeli says:

        You are welcome 🙂

  3. iScriblr says:

    What a wonderful take on all the prompts! Well done!👏👏

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I enjoy stepping into the lives of others and seeing life through their eyes.❤😊

  4. iidorun says:

    Lovely imagery! And great job using all those prompts!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Helene’s photo sparked a wonderful story in my mind. 😊

  5. Violet Lentz says:

    The quote at the front really set the mood for this piece. And what a gentle weaving of all the prompts! Well done!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Violet! I enjoy being inspired by many prompts. I appreciate your comment and you stopping by.😊❤

  6. 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. theresaly520 says:

      I agree! Follow your bliss!😄❤🌞

  7. Wow.

    That’s really beautiful. ❤

    1. theresaly520 says:

      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. 😉

  8. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    Loved it and enjoyed full post🤗

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! It’s fun to imagine being someone else. ❤😊

  9. MNL says:

    wow! this is pretty awesome. I love how you made a story out of all the prompts and a haibun too!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      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! 😊

  10. Lwbut says:

    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. theresaly520 says:

      Goodness! I can’t have you resent me now!!😉 of course it took me longer than 10 minutes!

      Thank you! I enjoyed writing it and reflecting on Hugo’s work!

      1. Lwbut says:

        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. theresaly520 says:

          Yes, books are my friends!😄 library was my second home, and I was an English major. Well I’m always marveling over your photography skills!

          1. Lwbut says:

            🙂 Call it a draw then?? (although your baking skills are probably superior! 😉 )

  11. Genius!! How did you ever combine all those other elements and challenges? Superb piece of writing. ❤

    1. theresaly520 says:

      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. 😊❤

      1. LOL. That’s the perfect analogy! ❤️

  12. pvcann says:

    very creative, enjoyed all parts of this.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you very much!😊

      1. pvcann says:

        My pleasure 🙂

  13. 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

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Renee! I appreciate that you went into detail of what you saw in this piece.

      1. Anytime, I will be back to

  14. Nathan says:

    Wow! You did a great job a weaving so many different challenges together!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hello Nathan! Thank you very much! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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  18. theresaly520 says:

    Thank you Sang Henslee for these wonderful compliments! I love to create stories from prompt words. Probably one of my favorite activities here.😊

  19. theresaly520 says:

    Thank you Carlyn! I am grateful that you’re expressing your appreciation. I enjoy what I write, and there’s many topics I would love to explore via stories. 💖😊

  20. theresaly520 says:

    Thank you for expressing your appreciation! Be well, Travis!😊💫

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