Carpe Diem Special *Sogi’s “Life In This World“*

This week our inspiration on Carpe Diem Special is another haiku, written by a pre-Basho haiku poet Iio Sogi (1421-1502):

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life in this world
just like a temporary shelter
from a winter shower

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Here’ s my attempt to stay close to the same mood and spirit:

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last ray of sunlight
embraced by the horizon
yet another day

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


December 20th

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stumbling through the mud
with snowflakes on my eyelashes
i hold onto hope

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Yes, the guys from the neighbourhood…their song&the video makes me smile and remember the childhood when the snow was whiter and the world was brighter… I would like to hope those things haven’t changed all the way till today  🙂 Even if I have. Or…especially because I have…

PS: By the way – have you tried to drink milk that way?

The Līgo Haibun Challenge – The Bittersweet Harmony


There are two prompts for this week’ s Līgo Haibun Challenge:
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough” – R.Tagore
“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” – E.E. Cummings.
I pressume because of the season and the mood I found myself appreciating moments just like a butterfly…

Those rare sunny blinks; echoes of Indian summer in October are like salt in the eyes. Still very much there, raw and burning… Burning because of being too rare, because of always passing too quickly and because I want to believe they are never supposed to end.

Colors start fading as the first frosts touch the golden foliage. The soft waves curling on the beach grow into roaring power, slapping the sand angrily. Caressing sunbeams reach for my skin but get tangled far up among the grey clouds. No ciccadas chirping their way through the night, nor bird songs greeting the dawn. Only laments of seagulls and vicious caws of crows.

Yet there still are those precious twinklings in between when nature smiles gently as the pace gets slower. Making me realise all the butterflies are still there, flapping their colourful wings safely in my summer memories. Giving me a bit of time to make my peace with what is gone and what is about to come. To look forward more moments to seize. They will be present – very soon, the whirling of white butterflies out there, making the world gain its innocence and hold its breath until…

deep under leaves
i put to rest summer memories
bittersweet moments

The Līgo Haibun Challenge

Carpe Diem Haiku Special *O. Mabson Southard’s ‘this morning’s rainbow’*

This is a haiku by O.Mabson Southard to inspire us on today’ s Carpe Diem Special Challenge:

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This morning’s rainbow
shares its deep violet edge
with the misty moon.

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I follow with mine trying to keep the same 5-7-5 syllables structure, mood and spirit:

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new dawn every day
brings rippling patterns of clouds
yet sun is the same

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Carpe Diem Haiku

Carpe Diem’ s Freestyle *Loneliness*

For this Carpe Diem’ s Freestyle episode I decided to follow example of Kristjaan Panneman (who really puts his heart and soul into making Carpe Diem happen) and to go with a Pi-ku instead  of haiku. A Pi-ku is in a way somewhat artificial haiku that with accordingly “three-one-four” scheme follows the number ‘PI’ which is 3,14 .

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house is empty

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Carpe Diem