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Fascination Runs: A Ligo Haibun Affair

Gathering up large towels and dog shampoo, I call the dog. He knows. Of the cold soapy lather, of commands to stand still and occasional spits of soapy water in his eyes. Not fun for him, big chore for me. I think aloud; my dog picks up my subtle hints. Of course, he does not run after sticks I toss. I should train him to fetch, to come when called.

My fascination runs with the idea as my dog’s ear pricks up – as if to listen. It sure would be nice to wash a teacup size dog.  Imagine a bathroom sink, instead of a kiddy pool, serving as the master dog tub. Imagine the easy wash in climate control room with minimal back strain that cleans up in a snap. Is it too much to ask? Can I do a trade-in, a down scale to a much smaller dog, please? Almost done, the hundred-pound fur monster waits and…no wait…noooOH!

water drops fly
hit innocent bystanders
dog begs forgiveness

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Written in part for the word prompt, Fascination, over at the weekly Ligo Haibun Challenge. Every week, writers are given either word or photo prompts for a haibun writing challenge. Hope you check it out.

Flying With Angels

Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

~G.K. Chesterton

Angels fascinate me.

I often wonder what it would feel like to fly.

No, I’m not talking about flying in a plane or chopper. Let me draw a simple word picture.

I would like to be standing around, let’s say, at the grocery checkout line, be minding my own business, and attempting with all my might to focus on something productive. I read somewhere that the time we spend waiting in lines is the perfect opportunity to carry on a deep conversation with God.


So, in my mind, as I wait in line, God and I are talking.

Productive, right?

I usually ask Him to bless every person in my line and the cashier who will be waiting on me.

If the lines are super long and I’m still waiting, I keep talking and get as much blessings for everyone around me until I reach my destination.

Bless line 3, still waiting, bless line 4, still waiting and suddenly . . . you see me gracefully lifting off the ground!

That’s what I’m talking about!!  Nothing major. Just a couple of inches off the ground.

Simply levitating for a few minutes!

You know some people in history had this incredible experience, right?

Saint Francis of Assisi is one famous person recorded to have “suspended above the earth, often to a height of three, and often to a height of four cubits.”

Amazing, right?

Okay, some of you may think, well, has anyone seen levitation going on with any person outside the Christian faith?

Why, yes!

Nagendrantu Bhaduri was a saint from India who mastered several Yogic techniques and would enter into a state of “ecstatic calm” and then, levitate.

Well, what do you think? Possible, or are these just made up stories?

Hmm, I’ve got some ways to go before I learn to take myself lightly,so, perhaps it would be better if I just catch you if you happen to fall as you go out and enjoy a flight with the Angels.

Have yourself a simply charming flight!

I’ll be right here.