From Ese’s Voice this week’s haibun challenge, a choice of quotes:
It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall. – Mexican Proverb
It is solved by walking. – Algerian Proverb
but also a choice of short poem, instead of the normal haiku!
“So this week, in innovation week make a choice between haiku or tanka, or pathya vat from Cambodia, or thanbauk from Burma, now Myanmar, to go with your prose. You may also choose another form.”
It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall.
Sa’id drove his motor-bike at break neck speed along the dusty streets of Algiers just after dawn. He’d promised his sister that he’d come to visit before she was to leave for her new home in Italy. He’d had so much to do and had put off the visit. Now, he realized that the day had come and that she would be leaving at noon for that strange country.
Their father’s home in the Qasbah, where she’d been staying waiting for her husband’s call, was not actually far from his own flat. He could easily have walked it. If he’d been honest with himself, it actually would have taken less time to walk because he couldn’t take his motor-bike into the Qasbah anyway. As he turned a corner, right at the same moment a donkey cart did also in the opposite direction. He crashed into the cart. Little damage was done but the cart driver was shouting now at the top of his lungs. Sa’id knew he would have to pay up, on the spot, for the watermelons that rolled along the streets. He paid, got back onto his mechanical steed only to find that it wouldn’t start.
Then through his mind came the old proverb: It is solved by walking..
made him choose the faster steed
rather than use feet
it seemed so much more modern
to fly on a motor-bike