Haibun for the brushers of pigs

It’s an odd thing about the Visual Verse prompts, but more often than not, the first impression inspires nothing at all. A complete blank. Then, like a blank sheet of paper, it starts to fill up with something I had no idea was waiting to be written. This piece was no exception.

You can read it here.

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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.

31 thoughts on “Haibun for the brushers of pigs”

    1. You’ve got the mentality that treats animals as dolls, and the mentality that treats them as amusement like the morons outside my window this minute with their high viz jackets and their rifles.

  1. I agree with Bojana–very weird picture and good job. I always forget about Visual Verse because like you said, the I usually get nothing when I see the often very odd pictures.
    Those poor pigs!

      1. Yes, we do. There’s a blog that I follow, and sometimes he has photos of pigs wandering around the countryside in England. It’s good to see. Though I suppose most still get eaten.

      2. Some people with large plots of land keep them to keep the rough bits in check but they tend to have them butchered when they’ve done the job of clearing the brambles. Seems mean to me.

      3. We have thought of getting a few of a local variety, black pigs, a kind that lives outdoors and doesn’t grow too big but they’d wander and round here they’d probably end up shot in mistake for a boar or a deer or a badger…

  2. I looked at it, and got nothing. But you got something worthwhile.
    There is so much good art around, I don’t know why they can’t seem to find it most of the time…(K)

  3. I agree, treating animals like dolls is weird. I have a pet pig – a 250kg Berkshire sow. I’ve never brushed her. I’m not sure I would recommend pigs as pets – they’re as trainable as dogs and smell much better, but they will completely destroy your gardens and eat anything they can get at – clothes off the line, tins of paint, chickens…

    1. There’s an ancient variety down here, the Noir Gascon, not too big reasonably friendly, lives outdoors and forages all year round. We thought of getting a few to deal with the brambles of which we have a lot but a herd of pigs is a big undertaking. One on its own would pine away. They’re like donkeys, you have to keep several. I’m not sure I’m up to that.

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