The Fool On The Hill – A Haibun

The Fool On The Hill

I’ve pranked, and have been pranked, more times than you can shake a stick!  It’s all fun and games when you are young and it can seem harmless. However, as you get older, you realize that for the elderly it can be quite scary, and in some cases, dangerous. It is also worth noting, sadly, that fear of April 1st is very real for many. I saw different phobia names for it online and some interesting and colorful history of April Fool’s day. You can check it out here and believe what you will.

Locked in by his fear
Too scared to leave his abode.
The fool on the hill

Kim from Writing in North Norfolk is hosting at D'Verse Poets
tonight and she has prompted us with April Fool's Day for
Haibun Monday

Word Prompt:


  14 comments for “The Fool On The Hill – A Haibun

  1. April 3, 2019 at 8:52 am

    How sad! But phobia can be for anything.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Punam. I have my own phobia too! 😑

      • April 3, 2019 at 12:15 pm

        You are welcome Christine. I guess we all have some phobia or the other. 🙂

  2. April 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I had never heard about that particular phobia… but I guess with bad enough experience you can have a phobia for everything

    • Christine Bolton
      April 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      So I understand 🙂

  3. April 2, 2019 at 5:24 am

    “But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down…”
    And I fear we the world is far closer to nightfall than we realize Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

      ‘and the world spinning round’ Yes! How eloquently you put it Rob. You are right, I fear.

  4. April 2, 2019 at 4:33 am

    I’d never thought of it that way before. I’m pleased not to be living in a country of practical jokers.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 2, 2019 at 8:05 am

      I hadn’t either Jane! When I read the ‘origin’ of April Fools online, it was attributed to the English, French and Swedish for bringing it to the US! 🤭

      • April 2, 2019 at 8:37 am

        It goes back a long way before the US was even thought of 🙂

  5. April 2, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I’m happy to say that I had a prank-free day yesterday except for a couple of funny April Fools jokes on social media, both harmless. I imagine that if you’ve experienced a particularly nasty or traumatising prank, you’d steer clear of prankster on 1st April. I love the reference to the Beatles’ song, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 2, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Kim. I hadn’t realized that it was even a phobia until I looked. Love the Beatles! 🙂

  6. April 1, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    A sad haibun.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Yes it is 😥 Thanks for reading

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