Black & White Sunday: Beauty in the Beast


I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. /Anaïs Nin/

Inspire and be inspired!
More about Paula and her Black & White Sunday Challenge here:


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

Ese’ s Weekly Shoot&Quote Challenge – Pleasure

My challenge is my passion – a photo you have taken and a quote, attributed to its author, and of course related to your image. Every week on Sunday I will post a new prompt. 

I want to thank my fellow bloggers who have already become a part of this challenge. Everyone’ s welcome to join! All you have to do is:

– create a post of your own with the title Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Pleasure;
– include a link to this post also for others to find you.

Let your ideas flow and enjoy!  Ese

Prompt 35 – PLEASURE

Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.
/Oscar Wilde/

There’re quite a few things, bringing pleasure into my life…


Appreciating beauty of every new day


New discoveries and paths to be taken


Presence of the ones close to my heart


Footprints…to make, to follow, to leave them…visible or not…

What about you and simple or not so simple pleasures?

Carpe Diem Goes Back to Its Roots

Carpe Diem host Chèvrefeuille from time to time invites us to return to where it all began – the roots of haiku, remembering the classical rules of writing it:
1. Describe a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water; so present tense;
2. 5-7-5 syllables;
3. Use a kigo (or seasonword);
4. Use a kireji (or cuttingword);
5. Sometimes a deeper spiritual or Zen-Buddhistic meaning;
6. First and third line are interchangeable and last but not least
7. No Self, avoid personal or possessive pronouns (I, me, my); it’s an experience not how the poet feels about it.

Here I go:

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last bloom of orchid
serene beauty fills the room
emptiness is full

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special

Less Is More Or Less

Once upon a time people came up with No Pants Day – being in May, that one is already missed. Funnily enough, there’ s also No Panty Day (pretty much like the previous one but a tiiiny bit different) that turns out to be today. And, in case of missing this one, there still is a possibility to go for No Bra Day on July 9th. Maybe it is all about summer. Or beauty. Or a touch of naughtiness. Or maybe just people being…creative in one way or another. I think Mae West got it quite right when she said : “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”.


There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful,
than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.
That is the true essence of beauty. /S.Maraboli/