Carpe Diem Haiku *Balloon*

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end of party
stuck high in tree tops
red balloon

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colourful bulbs
drifting gracefully above
neck stiffness

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sequence of twists
bouncing in his hands
baloon animals

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concentration
searching for light blue balloon
in spring sky

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

And…yes, I couldn’t resist since it seems to fit the theme…

Celebrate Our Differences

After a wonderful chat with my Bulgarian friends I somehow ended up thinking about similarities and differences between us, our countries. So, here they are – some of the things I came up with, comparing both countries and my experience, observations. Before continuing, I just wanted to say Bulgaria has become almost like the second home to me since I have spent quite some time there during the past 8 years.

You know you are in Bulgaria and not Latvia if:
– Meeting people not seen for a while they will hug and kiss you on both cheeks, even not being close friends
– Before crossing the road on pedestrian crossing, you need to really make sure (and I do mean – really!)  there’ re no cars, even if the green light is on
– The expression „The Big Bulgarian Family” has a very genuine note and meaning to it
– Being on time is a bit relative concept therefore being late is not neccessarily perceived as rudeness

BG_nature

LV_nature

– You can take a cab after partying out not being worried you will be overcharged
– You can be wild& loud till the sun comes up but to be noisy between 1 and 4 PM wouldn’ t be perceived as good manners
– People are more open and friendly generally – probably because there’ s much more sun constantly charging them positively
– You can buy home-made rakia/wine and it wouldn’ t be classified as a „crime of supporting illegal alcohol business”
– There still are quite a few small, family owned shops around, not only big supermarket chains

BG_banitsa

LV_buns

– The carpet blown off your terrace with some luck ends up being sold to your neighbours
– A policeman partying with his friends in a restaurant will freely ask for discount „just because”
– Passing the same people on stairs you greet each other since the very first day and not just after a couple of months
– There’ s a touch (or more) of olive(or sunflower) oil in almost every dish
– You can bargain the prices in a market and nobody will feel insulted about it
– Shaking head is a gesture of confirmation while nodding means negation (I wouldn’ t generalize this one since it’ s very Bulgarian).

BG_martenitsaOh, I almost forgot – there are mountains! And martenitsas (Bulgarian: Mартеница)…

Carpe Diem Haiku Special *Alexey Andreyev’s “Day After Valentine’s”*

Our inspiration on Carpe Diem Special today is a haiku, written by Alexey Andreyev (Алексей Андреев):

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day after Valentine’s –
red petals on the floor, and
a broom in the corner

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Here’ s mine, where I tried to stay close to the same mood and spirit:

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fireworks silenced
in empty champagne flute
aurora

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Time After Time

ticktock

Tick tock
it repeats
again and again.
Seconds, minutes and hours –
all counted,
categorized,
all faults minimized.
Always on time,
predictable,
insanely precise.
Always busy
with something that
doesn’ t exist.
Something they are
always short of out there.
Plenty here but
no extra to share.
Walking in circles,
not allowed to stop.
Too fast? No,
neither too slow.
Bored, boring…
if only not the
cuckoo call.
That uncontrollable
clock’ s soul.
The crazy bird
mixing the time.
Unexpected emerges,
interrupting sounds.
Clock hands tremble in anger,
pendulum confused off round
for a second…
Tick. Tock.

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Promise Me Nothing

4157929_orig_1Photo by Ines Williamson

It was a choice between 2 photos on the Līgo Haibun Challenge this week. Since we have just stepped into a New Year, my preference happened naturally…

Walking from the old year into a new one is almost like a walk across a bridge. As short. Or as long. Full of hopes about what is waiting there, on the other side. Memories and thoughts about what has been left behind. A hinge of sadness, a sparkle of joy. Mind full of probabilities and possibilities. Or maybe empty. As empty as possible not to drag along the old negativity, offenses and quarrels. Not only ready once again to accept once the well – known things but also open for surprises. More peace and less fuss. Or the other way around. More smiles and less tears. The ones when heart is wrenching in sadness, not the ones of joy – there can never be too much of the latter ones. And promises. The ones I make to somebody else and the ones made to myself. Plenty of resolutions. About aiming higher, being better, reaching more. Wanting more. Deserving more? Why? Just because I am crossing the bridge? Because in a couple of seconds instead of “13” there is “14” in the numerals of the year? Was I so useless all 365 days before the 1st of January? Does the fact that year is changing really changes me, too? Who am I trying to fool?

There’ s a belief I have heard about. About crossing the bridge one never has before, wishing for something and it would come true. So, crossing this bridge I wish to promise myself nothing. Nothing but simply being myself – for better or for worse but to stay true to the way I am, what I believe in. Everything else? Changes will come, either I want it or not and, being myself, I will be able to face them. Like I always had to. Like I always have. More or less. Before and after every new bridge.

for better or worse
I promise myself nothing
year is still young

Līgo Haibun Challenge

Carpe Diem Haiku Special *Alexey Andreyev’s “Evening Sky”*

Today on Carpe Diem Special our inspiration is a haiku by Alexey Andreyev (Алексей Андреев):

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evening sky –
over the city lights
stars hardly seen

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I am following with my own, keeping them of the same mood and spirit (hopefully!) and also refreshing my Russian:

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     cherry blossoms                                                                  вишни в цвету
 during the daily rush                                                 в повседневной суете
          unnoticed                                                                              не замечены

                                                                           * * *
     your silhouette                                                                       твой силуэт
 in the crowded city                                                           в толкотне города
appears, disappears                                                      появляется, исчезает

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Ese’s Weekly Shoot&Quote Challenge – Continuous

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 – Continuous;
– include a link to this post also for others to find you.

Let your ideas flow and enjoy!  Ese

Prompt 19 – CONTINUOUS

Your life is built through a continuous practice of designing moment by moment. /M.Buckingham/ 

Looking at mine, there has always been

continuous_skysky above my head,

continuous_roadroad under my feet,

continuous_fam_friendsthe loved ones I can’t imagine my life without,

continuous_heartheart that treasures them all

continuous_open-mindand an open mind to the surprises every new day brings along

…as well as to your interpretations of the prompt!

Since this is the last prompt in 2013, I want to wish you all Happy New Year, full of love, joy, peace, creativity and everything else your hearts&souls are longing for.
Why in the good moments we want to look back? Probably to make sure that happiness will continue…