A Single Star


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after fireworks
the silence of a single star
marking the new path

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More warmth to bring to each other,
more white thoughts, love and peacefulness.
More belief in the road ahead, full of adventures – expected and unexpected ones.
And the light of a dream – like a burning candle through the darkness.
Happy New 2016!

Carpe Diem Haiku *Buson “on the shortcut path”*

Today on Carpe Diem our source of inspiration is another haiku, written by Yosa Buson:

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on the shortcut path,
stepping through water to cross the meadow
in the summer rains.

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My mind wandered in various directions, still…I tried to stay close to the same mood:

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lone traveler
his home is everywhere
along the path

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weary fly
trapped in lacing of spider web
-the last shortcut

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Carpe Diem Haiku Special *Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela*

There is no featured haiku poet this month on Carpe Diem Special – we will be inspired by “The Pilgrimage” of Paulo Coelho instead. The novel is a recollection of Paulo’s experiences as he made his way across northern Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. “It is the road that teaches us the best way to get there, and the road enriches us as we walk its length.”

Writing these haiku, I tried to stay close to the mood and spirit of the book:

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between mountain curves
path to discovery
every step counts

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sunlit ruins
wind soothes rugged stones
grain of sand in eye

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glimpsing memories
heart heavier than backpack
i carry on

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

The Līgo Haibun Challenge – The Great Expectations

832083_origpicture by Ye Pirate

It is the “photo week” on the Līgo Haibun Challenge and my thougths wandered around this photo…

We never know what’ s next. No matter how hard we try, we simply don’ t. The moment of surprise in so many shades is still there. Appearing out of the blue. We don’ t know what’ s behind the corner. Or if that light in the end of the tunnel is a promise or just an illusion, a joke our mind has played once again. An oasis in the desert – a hope full of promises that might turn out to be an empty mirage. We plan and think, we draw our paths through life, get carried away designing those beautiful steps one after another but how often do they lead somewhere? How often are we able to reach a destination without unexpected twists and turns? Kobayashi Issa once said:

in this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers

…and he got it right. Life has the tendency of turning things upside down when we expect it the least. Running carelessly through a mountain meadow you find yourself at the very edge of a cliff, a second from a fall all the way down. And driving on a road you suddenly realise it leads nowhere and it has been just a small one-way street. But still we are out there, living our lives away with heart and soul wide open. Laughing and crying, tripping and walking again proudly, being able to wonder, treasure and appreciate. While expecting the unexpected because there’ s a fair chance it will be there…expecting us.

after the turn
another one ahead
endless labyrinth

The Līgo Haibun Challenge