Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Walk Alone!

Prompt ~ It is solved by walking – Algerian Proverb and an experimentation with Pathya vat. 

The human body was made for walking physically, socially and spiritually. The doctors have accepted this fact just a few decades ago.

Here I share the translation in prose of the Bengali original of “Ekla chalo re” rendered by  Gurudev  Rabindranath Tagore himself.

If they answer not to thy call walk alone

If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,

O thou unlucky one,

open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,

O thou unlucky one,

trample the thorns under thy tread,

and along the blood-lined track travel alone.

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,

O thou unlucky one,

with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart,

and let it burn alone.


Man made the wheel

Did the God frown

Curse the earth brown

Welcome all blight

Words < 220




16 thoughts on “Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Walk Alone!

  1. Oh I really like this but must admit my lack of knowledge of “Ekla chalo re” it sounds familiar and is there a connection with mahatma Gandhi?

  2. Even with a sentence or two you are interesting – but I dispute your assertion. Surely man is, in fact, made for running and not walking. Each form of movement is different, but running has many advantages of course. And I would mean running everywhere, hardly ever walking. Great verse. The wheel, yes. Though we are hunters and should never have become agriculturalists. Good luck with your answers today.

      • Not leting you off the hook that easily! I think we walk now, those who do, but originally our body structure was in fact designed for running, not walking. We have adapted to walking, yes, but originally were made to run,not walk, perhaps. A totally irrelevant point! All the best!

      • 🙂

        If running was the sole purpose, then there was no point in being a biped. Quadrupeds are better runners.

        Love such discussions and not irrelevant for we are here to share.

      • Thanks, good point. Am off-point by now though, as the ‘walking’ is a different kind of walk than the evolutionary one. But we ran, waited, ran when hunting, Anyway,your point is a very good one.

      • You are right, walking is different kind of walk then the evolutionary change to erect posture. I think it may have helped in short spurts of acceleration for chase and flight that you point out.

I love arguments

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