Carpe Diem Special *Lolly’s “another anchor thread”*

Our inspiration on Carpe Diem Special this week is a tanka, written by a very gifted haiku poetess Laura Williams a.k.a. Lolly of Lovely Things:

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sifting through
the personal effects
of a spider’s web
an autumn wind loosens
another anchor thread

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Here’ s what came to my mind after reading hers:

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entangled footprints
fading on the bare shore
summer’ s last haiku

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Becca Givens’ “Red Leaf Falls”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku, written by Becca Givens of “On Dragonflies Wings With Buttercup Tea”. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it.

nature sleeps
carpet of silent snow
                                            red leaf falls                           (Becca)

lone silhouette disappears
               between  bare trees. only footprints     (Ese)

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?

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Invisible Footprints

DogprintsPhoto by Brenda Harsham 

It was a choice between two photos on Līgo Haibun Challenge this week, and the footprints led me in this direction…

I adored her from the very first moment we met. A pair of impish chestnut eyes within a wool bundle in the colour of caffé latte, proudly leading her “gang” around the yard. It looked almost like a parade, though quite odd and clumsy one, with all six participants jumping over each other, tumbling and even going for a playful bite. There were some suggestions about choosing another one that might be easier to handle but I couldn’ t change my mind. So what that she had quite a character? She was a riot – I wouldn’ t have expected anything less.

I never regretted the choice I made that day and I hope Sāra didn’ t either. We loved her, unconditionally, as she grew up and from a playful puppy turned into a real dog. A big and strong one as briards are supposed to be but with a touch of grace like real ladies do. Always bursting of energy, occasionally a bit stubborn like me but still respected and respectful. Knowing how to make a stranger to keep a distance with one strict bark in her solid baritone. And that special move of quietly putting her head on my knee, looking closely through her strands and understanding without words. Mutual love and friendship – so honest and strong till it was her time…

She left footprints in my life simply by being herself. They won’ t disappear under the freshly fallen snow, nor turn into puddles under the first spring sunbeams. Invisible ones deep inside. They are there to stay. Have been for a couple of years and always will.

four paws and tail
footprints down memory lane

Līgo Haibun Challenge