Author’s note: I have combined the two challenges this week to create a Haibun. The prose tells the fable, the Haiku delivers the message.
Three snails looked across the green grass, hoping to get to the other side. The first snail was impetuous, setting off across the lawn without consideration for his vulnerability or awareness of the potential dangers. From out of the sky swooped a magpie, snapping him up and crunching his shell, the bird enjoying this squishy, unexpected treat on her journey back to her nest. Shaken, the next snail, cautiously looked around him. Checking over and under leaves, analysing every inch of ground for danger. His foot taking such hesitant steps, that he never realised that the sun was drying him up; desiccating him from the outside in. He was stopped midway, and never moved again. But the third snail, waited. He knew that by staying where he was until night fall, the cover of darkness would shield him from the predatory eyes from above. He also knew that the heat from the sun would soon disappear, enabling him to maintain his mucus trail and keep on moving. And so, as the moon appeared, he commenced his journey. Safely, he made it to the other side of the garden and to the sanctuary of his new home among the lettuce leaves.
Wise words: “haste makes waste”.
Think through your situation.
By Sarah ©2018
Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – patience; and also, Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt #46 – Patience. Prose Challenge – Write a fable on the theme of patience. Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku inspired by the word prompt.