Haiku challenge: Rise & Fall

The news this morning was of flash flooding in the Aude—13 people dead and another still missing. I don’t know what the exact reason is, whether building on a flood plain is to blame, the weather, climate change, deforestation, but we’ll probably find that man mucking around with nature is behind the tragedy. This haibun is for Ronovan’s haiku challenge. A bit of despond and a bit of orptimism.

After a sleepless night of anguish over things I cannot change, images of sadness that bring tears of anger and compassion, I walk in the still damp air, beneath trees dripping drops and acorns, and find pheasants again by the stream, on the edge of the trees. They must have fled here to the safe side, the buffer zone. Hunters have never been welcome here and they stay on the other side. I cannot keep the whole world at bay and a broken fence will keep no one out intent on harm, but it’s here, the buffer zone, for pheasant and deer, badger and hare if they will only stay. Perhaps they know.

sky water falling

meets earth water rising

flood unstoppable

nature rolls roars in fury

life threads snap dull clouds weep

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “Haiku challenge: Rise & Fall”

  1. Beautifully expressed. Within the last two months we have seen similar disasters in our neighbouring states and also in some parts of my state. Most of it was due human interference with land and forests. It is tragic and people don’t learn.

    1. Thank you. You’re right, we do know that intensive agriculture that rips up tree cover, hedges and fills in ditches creates not only an ecological desert but takes away all the natural barriers to flooding. We know but farmers rip up everything in sight regardless to make it easier for their machinery. At the end of the world we’ll have beautifully smooth unruffled land surfaces and no life forms.

      1. AHHHH. Yes! I know exactly what you mean, even though right now I can’t think of the word. I’d like some m’self…

      1. It is but imagine all of life was total joy — bit unbalanced eh! For one thing we would have nothing to do , no one in need , no purpose.
        It’s a bit like the Christian picture of the afterlife — eternal worship. Even our own aches and pains are important because they teach us to bear with the pain of others. How lucky we are that we understand this and don’t just live lives that suit ourselves.

      2. I agree. It’s also like the search for paradise on earth, the holidays that take people to a beautiful wilderness….so they can trash it. We seem to think perfection exists and it’s a right to possess it, but our ‘paradise’ generally means hell for someone or something else.

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