Yet more a picture challenge in Ligo Haibun. I had to choose the one from Pirate as it depicts a soldier standing guard in front of the royal castle in Stockholm. Many years ago I did the same (not the same place, and my uniform was not as fancy) but I know a little bit how it feels. So the prose below is biography actually.
Two hours can be a time of contemplation, or just being bored. You stand there looking at people passing, not allowed to communicate, from behind a barrier of your uniform you’re almost set apart from humanity. It’s like a separate world, and your only power is to observe. Then during night everything slows down and during your solitary watch there was only a couple in love passing by, lost in their love of spring and each other, the rest of the time you count the windows of houses, just to get through those hours. And if something ever happens you have firepower and a bayonet, that you never want to use. Still those hours I spent guarding the castle still stays with me. I often wonder why I remember that boredom so much more than most stimulating parties of my youth.
alone on guard
cool metal of my rifle
June 9, 2013