Haiku Carpe Diem #181, Storyteller

Today’s Carpe Diem Haiku prompt Storyteller is provided by Siggi of Maine

“Stop telling tales” they said, it was a regular refrain that still echoed through the halls of his childhood. “There’s no room for daydreamers, there’s a war to be won.” Just as well he thought, as his careers master said he was destined for the trenches, or was it the gutter?

And so it was that day after bloody day he joined the faceless masses putting bayonet to body whilst by night, in the flickering light, he caressed pen to paper creating a better world. A world where men still had honour and the telling of tales was the regalia of  the wise.

As with all wars, his was eventually ‘won’. The mighty warriors returned home to cry out in the night, whilst governments turned to the ‘tellers of tales’. The rest, as they say, is history.


when the war is done
it is the storyteller
who writes history


since adam and eve
the wisest storyteller
shall not go hungry

Tolkien PoemImage Credits

a haiku of thanks
the very least I can do
a Tolkien gesture

Thank you for sitting by my campfire and listening to my stories. I hope you’re warmed and refreshed.

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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8 Responses to Haiku Carpe Diem #181, Storyteller

  1. kz says:

    this was such a terrific haibun! 🙂 you told the story of a storyteller so wonderfully. i definitely enjoyed sitting by your campfire. ’til next time! ^^


  2. A storyteller indeed
    I think you would have a full-house (of avid listeners)


  3. Maggie Grace says:

    This brought me to tears remembering Vietnam and the soldiers returning home. You honor them.


  4. Thank you JRB for the stories you tell at your campfire.


  5. I got the WW I in my mind. The anticipation, the trenches, and the end. Yes the storytellers are the winners. Love’d it (and sorry for visiting so late)


  6. I have been warmed by your fire and entertained by your words.


  7. Ese' s Voice says:

    Not everyone can be a storyteller – it either is in the person or isn’t. And it definitely is in you, JRB! 🙂 Fabulous haibun!


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