Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Basho’s “the old lady cherry”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration and the first stanza is a not well – known haiku by Matsuo Basho. Our goal is to add the second stanza to it.

the old-lady cherry
in bloom: a remembrance
                                                  of her old age                             (Basho)

feeling rugged bark at my cheek
                             childhood memories return                 (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Haiku *Vladivostok*

Vladivostok ( Владивосток ), a city not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea, is also known as a city of centenarians. There are about 100 people who are more than 100 years old but I want to mention another fact, related to inhabitants, beliefs and history. On May 16th, 1863 was born the very first native inhabitant of the city – a girl, and in September of the same year – two more girls. There is a Russian belief that a birth of a girl is a sign of peace in the world. They say it might be one of the reasons why Vladivostok has never been significantly affected by war.

A special sign in the Vladivostok railway station informs that Trans-Siberian Railroad, coming all the way from Moscow, ends here. There are 9288 km (5771.3 miles) behind us and it also means we have reached the last station of our Carpe Diem Haiku journey through the Soviet Union. Only this journey because there’ re still more ahead…

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journey of life
final destination unknown
train leaves the station

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Sometimes it is good to finish with music and I will – with “Fantastica” by Mumiy Troll, a famous Russian band from Vladivostok.