Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu *Full Circle Challenge “heaven”*

This is the very first time I decided to participate in the “Full Circle” challenge on Carpe Diem, and – believe me – it was fun! The goal is to write haiku with the twelve words, chosen by our CD host Chèvrefeuille and to use them in the clock-wise direction. So, follow the words and let your imagination flow!

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stairway to heaven
eager to touch the clouds
fresh sprout of a palm tree

fleeting behind fountain
the silhouette of his goddess
-just a desert mirage

forgotten jazz cafe
Duke‘ s wandering fingertips
revive a summer night

scent of honeysuckle-
he follows the ancient road
dizzy through her hills

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


Līgo Haibun Challenge – Word Prompt

Welcome to a new Līgo Haibun Challenge!

This week it is time for the Word Prompt. Be inspired by one of the words below, taken from the haibun in the past week:




If you have never written a haibun before, you can find more information here:

Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck!


Carpe Diem Haiku *Juggler*

Today our inspiration on Carpe Diem is “Juggler” – a poem, written by an American poet and literary translator Richard Wilbur:

A ball will bounce; but less and less. It’s not
A light-hearted thing, resents its own resilience.
Falling is what it loves, and the earth falls
So in our hearts from brilliance,
Settles and is forgot.
It takes a sky-blue juggler with five red balls

To shake our gravity up. Whee, in the air
The balls roll around, wheel on his wheeling hands,
Learning the ways of lightness, alter to spheres
Grazing his finger ends,
Cling to their courses there,
Swinging a small heaven about his ears.

But a heaven is easier made of nothing at all
Than the earth regained, and still and sole within
The spin of worlds, with a gesture sure and noble
He reels that heaven in,
Landing it ball by ball,
And trades it all for a broom, a plate, a table.

Oh, on his toe the table is turning, the broom’s
Balancing up on his nose, and the plate whirls
On the tip of the broom! Damn, what a show, we cry:
The boys stamp, and the girls
Shriek, and the drum booms
And all come down, and he bows and says good-bye.

If the juggler is tired now, if the broom stands
In the dust again, if the table starts to drop
Through the daily dark again, and though the plate
Lies flat on the table top,
For him we batter our hands
Who has won for once over the world’s weight.

I am not sure my haiku could be called a distillation from the poem but I gave it a try:

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juggler’ s five red balls
with every drum beat falling
in love with his fingers

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


Līgo Haibun Challenge – Video Prompt

Welcome to a new Līgo Haibun Challenge with another Video Prompt!

This week there’ re selected two songs by an American singer-songwriter Jim Croce ( more about him here: ). Please be inspired by one of the videos to write your haibun:


Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck!