Carpe Diem Haiku *Chiyo-Ni ”waterweed”*

A haiku, written by Chiyo-Ni, was my source of inspiration on Carpe Diem today:

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floating away, despite
the butterfly’s weight on it

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The following haiku is my attempt not to stay close to the same mood and spirit:

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despite gust of wind
little yellow leaf still shivers
between bare branches

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time…


I think birthday is probably one of the few days in a year when kind of “existential” thoughts cross mind. Since it is mine today (yet another time of turning 18), I decided to write them down. Even if only to be able to look back after a year and compare…

“Once upon a time” is the beginning, holding quite a lot of promises in it but, like I was recently told, we never know where it will bring us and what the end will be like. Similar to life itself – full of unexpected turns, the roads that lead to the places I never thought I might be at. Mountains that take my breath away, deserts to be tantalized by, oceans to touch even if only with toes. Time to laugh from the bottom of my heart and also the one for tears to find their own trajectories. A moment of heart racing a shooting star and intimacy reaching beyond imaginable. Intensity of fireworks and purity of a dew drop. Ability to balance on the knife blade and not to slip. Courage to fall if everything goes wrong (or right). And even more – to get up again. Searching and finding, and searching again. People whose presence is never taken for granted, things that are worth to be noticed – so many of them. And maybe that’ s where the beauty comes from – never losing hope to find… What? I don’ t know exactly, myself I guess. Even if it takes a lifetime. All the way to the happy end if there turns out to be one.

growth rings of a tree
year by year walking the line
older doesn’ t mean wiser

Līgo Circle of Appreciation

The yearly Līgo celebration happens every summer solstice in Latvia.
At this time we adorn our heads with Līgos of flowers, oak leaves,
grasses and plants. We join circles around bonfires and celebrate life,
and our appreciation of each other.

Here’s our
Līgo Circle of Appreciation
among fellow bloggers.

For duration of 22 days, starting on 1st October 2012, we will be inviting
2 bloggers per day
to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an Appreciation, NOT an Award.

To fully participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation:
* Complete this sentence about blogging: ”A great blog is…
* Refer back to the blogger who invited you
* Invite 2 bloggers to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation on a post

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The Circle Begins:
1st October 2012 – a festival of colours, views & viewpoints – art in wordsmithery

2nd October 2012 – a passion for poetry and metallurgy – a myriad of wonderful people from history

3rd October 2012 – a menu of dreams, tastes and cultures – poetry written with the tip of a knife

4th October 2012– from her heart to our stomachs; beautiful photos, restaurants and more… – a heart of gold, wiccan mind and constant eye on the penal system

5th October 2012 – love, smiles and a healthy look at life through stories and photos – a colourful palette of moments and people around

6th October 2012 – thoughts & impressions – poetry of emotion

7th October 2012 – colours, tastes, senses and things that matter – a waterfall of positivity through stories and photos

8th October 2012 – travels, explorings and photos that speak louder than words – creating, sharing and inspiring in her special way

9th October 2012 – stories of everyday people all around the world – photos that don’ t leave you indifferent

10th October 2012 – a blog of a lifetime of experiences and still going strong – a blog that shoots from the hip – but also finds the target every time

11th October 2012 – Celtic Catwoman. Very well-researched writing from the heart – visual treasures of travel

12th October 2012 – a surreal artist with far-reaching words to say – fiesta of dance, words, emotions and inspiration

13th October 2012 – a beauty of colours and energy from a cottage in Cornwall – bursts of words, lightning and music

14th October 2012 – a positive thinking inspiration – a blog of smiles, colours and warmth

15th October 2012 – a blog of images and colours in action – a writer from the heart, who gives all

16th October 2012 – a nomad exploring beauty of the world – a talented writer with a natural gift to capture reader’ s attention

17th October 2012 – the heart, and soul of the adventurer – stories that hit between shoulder blades

18th October 2012 – a blogger whose road tok her homeward bound, and many places in-between – a journey of literature and nature

19th October 2012 – one of the most wonderful writers on WordPress + nice photography – images and words warm to the soul

20th October 2012 – a progression of captivating short stories – a softly-spoken blog from the heart

21st October 2012 – a personal blog of a heart’s content – a blog recommendd to me by yepirate, and a delightful blog from an exotic land

22nd October 2012 – images and words with real meaning – moments that matter through photos and stories