Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *John Stevenson’s “the train”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars are haiku, written by John Stevenson:

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the train picks up speed,
in a paper coffee cup
concentric waves

the river always
out there in the dark
late train home

coming home
on the train
… the backyards

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I tried not to wander too far from the same mood and spirit while writing mine:

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crumpled handkerchief
on shiny railroad tracks
departing train

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


Carpe Diem Haiku *Shiki ”smoke whirls”*

Our source of inspiration on Carpe Diem today is a haiku, written by Masaoka Shiki – a poet who gave haiku it’s name and brought this poetry-art into the 20th century:

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smoke whirls
after the passage of a train –
young foliage

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And now – my attempt to stay close to the same mood and spirit:

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wearily chugging
steep climb up the hill
steam locomotive

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

The Moments In Between…

Since the beginning of January we have been on Carpe Diem haiku journey, taking the Trans Siberian Railroad straight through the Soviet Union. Meeting people, seing places, discovering ourselves, trying to remember, not afraid to forget… Sometimes in silence, more often – enjoying conversations but there’ re also moments for the sounds of music…and not only the ones, created by the train, the sun and the wind, the rain…
A bit of what I would listen to in those moments, created by Russian musicians…as the journey continues….