Monday, February 1, 2016

If there’s no bridge then get in the drink - A Haibun

Image: Courtesy of Sunday Photo Fiction (here)

The Prose
Survival is not just an art. It is a science replete with technical details
There are certain norms when detected will immediately trigger off
certain acts. Survival tactics and techniques are really going back to
basics. One does not even have to think hard in a way. It is an automatic
appraisal initially and then spring into action right away. The ingredients
have all been set. They are all compartmentalized for the convenience
of immediate reaction. The Quarterback will know exactly where to
throw as he expects the Receiver will be there just as they had agreed
earlier. Each will be aware of what others are supposed to do. In times
of conflicts, each one in the group should be able to read the signs and
react just the way they had been trained. There is no time to think or
to ask questions or they'll be dead.

The Free Verse
If there's no bridge then get in the drink
Then not to fall back but get in line
Following behind each other
That is the right spell
A sure sign of getting it tight
Spare no efforts
A flair for being a good follower
Is a prerequisite for being a good leader
(200 words)

Sunday Whirl 11 of 12 given words:
bridge drink fall line following 
right spell sign tight spare flair

For Sunday Photo Fiction - To write in about
200 words inspired by the given image.
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #236
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #287


  1. I like that, and it is spot on.

  2. Well I came looking for the bloghop, but this works too. There are definitely times when our conditioning is what keeps us going, this it behooves us to condition ourselves is a way we most desire to be living, eh?

  3. A flair for being a good follower Is a prerequisite for being a good leader - i love this Hank! Superb

  4. A good follower knows what it take to be a good leader and vice versa indeed.

  5. Survival is a science! Love, not so much!

  6. Wonderful Hank. One can always expect an excellent verse here.

  7. I'm good at overthinking instinct and failing in emergencies. I must remember to just not think. :)

  8. I think there is a bit of wisdom in your words Hank, sometimes we need to follow and sometimes we need to lead the way for others.

  9. Ah, survival IS an a bit of luck, I think. Smiles.

  10. There is a lot of wisdom in this, Hank ... a thoughtful piece, well rendered.

  11. Wow, Hank, this is sounds like the instruction for new group - dangerous, but rewarding: one gets leadership skills by learning to follow...