Labour – Haibun Monday

If anything is worth it then we must work at it, or so I was taught.  Work hard and you will live well. To love you must also work hard and sometimes it does not always bear fruit.   How many of us have devoted months and years into failed relationships and marriage?  We bend and twist ourselves inside out to conform to other’s desires and wishes only to realize that it was all for nothing.

This week’s prompt from D’Verse Poets asked us to include the the word Labour as it is Labour Day here in the US.  My first thought was Shakespeare’s comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost.


Haiku

We work to live but
we live to love and question
when Love’s Labour’s Lost


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

  20 comments for “Labour – Haibun Monday

  1. September 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    A very different kind of work – the labour of love. Not always easy. I like your take on the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Sarah 🙂

  2. September 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I think that love requires labor, but not all labor bears fruit… alas.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Yes, alas! Thanks Bjorn 🙂

  3. September 2, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Putting in that energy and hard work is a must for any relationship to survive. If it fails despite all of these, then we must be ready to let go. It takes work to make anything work. Enjoy your week.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Yes! So true Sarah. I hope you enjoy your week too 🙂

  4. September 2, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Very well written. I have lived this too.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Crystal. Sadly, many of us have 😔

  5. September 2, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Yes, it is heartbreaking when the labor of love fails to yield fruit. You witness it beautifully.

    • September 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Sad to work so hard on a relationship that fails.

      • Christine Bolton
        September 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm

        Yes, it is sad 😔

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Frank. I appreciate it 🙂

  6. September 3, 2019 at 4:52 am

    I so agree with you, Christine, that ‘if anything is worth it then we must work at it’, and love can be laborious.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 3, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Yes it is laborious isn’t it? Thanks Kim 🙂💕

  7. September 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

    It definitely takes BOTH sides working at a relationship…this is sad reality that sometimes labors of love are lost. But we can feel better knowing we gave our love freely.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 3, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Lynn. Yes, we have to try don’t we? 🙂💕

      • September 3, 2019 at 2:14 pm

        Absolutely!

  8. September 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Fabulous haiku, Christine–you rock!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 3, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      Oh you are too kind! Thank you so much 🙂

      • September 3, 2019 at 11:48 pm

        Sincerely welcome always 🙂

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