Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #4 New Life


Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #4 New Life

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look and you will see
new life is all around us
you cannot see it
believe it and you will see
as time never stands still

I have written this for a new episode for Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor, #4 – New Life.

If you would like to write a tanka poem, Check out the link at the top of this post.

Carpe Diem #1166 Night-flower


Carpe Diem #1166 Night-flower

I’m exploring the beauty of Persian poetry – renown poets like Rumi, Hafez (or Hafiz) and Saadi.

Today the poem is by Hafez.

Hafiz, a Sufi poet, expressed in poetry love for the divine, and the intoxicating oneness of union with it.

Hafez has written a lot of poems in which he talks about the divine and love, but also full of wisdom.


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His collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran, who learn his poems by heart and still use them as proverbs and sayings.

His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary, and interpretation, influencing post-14th-century Persian writing more than any other author.

The following poem is by Hafez:

It is titled “All the Hemispheres”.

Leave the familiar for a while.

Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season

haiOnto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.

Make a new watermark on your excitement

And love.

Like a blooming night flower,

Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness

And giving

Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.


Photo Credit – Ipomoea alba, morning glory.

Tanka – Inspired by the poem above and the picture of the moonflower.

fragrance happiness

night flower of beauty vanished

afraid of the sun

making a new watermark

stamped in the heavens above

Little info about this beautiful flower – Ipomoea alba, sometimes called the tropical white morning glory or moonflower (but not to be confused with the other species also called moonflower) or moon vine, is a species of night-blooming morning glory,

The flowers are fragrant, white or pink, and large, 8-14 cm diameter.

The flowers open quickly in the evening and last through the night, remaining open until touched by the morning sun.

Carpe Diem #1165 roses


Carpe Diem #1165 roses

My Tanka is called “roses” and it is extracted from a poem by Rumi.

Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian.

His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats.

Rumi has been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best-selling poet” in the United States.


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Rumi Poem 

O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage –

              where are you, where, oh where?

Here, here is the Beloved!

              Oh come now, come, oh come!

Your friend, he is your neighbor,

             he is next to your wall –

You, erring in the desert – 

              what air of love is this?

If you’d see the Beloved’s

              form without any form –

You are the house, the master,

              You are the Kaaba, you! . . .

Where is a bunch of roses,

              if you would be this garden?

Where’s one soul’s pearly essence

              when you’re the Sea of God?

That’s true – and yet your troubles

              may turn to treasures rich –

How sad that you yourself veil

              the treasure that is yours!

My Tanka – Inspired by the poem above – Rumi

roses natures love

beauty treasured from above

in the sea of god

brings smiles to my soul forever

displayed in my heart perfect

Carpe Diem Namaste, The Spiritual Way #1 Namaste


Carpe Diem Namaste, The Spiritual Way #1 Namaste

Haiku is not only the poetry of nature but also the poetry of the spiritual nature. At Carpe Diem we are going to explore the spiritual background of haiku.


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Namaste is a greeting originating from India and Nepal, it is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest it expresses deep respect.

Your hands have a deeper spiritual meaning, they are synonymous with the Cosmos, even all separated fingers do have a meaning:

The thumb: emptiness and insight

The index: air and activity

The middle finger: fire and perception

The annular: water and sensibility/receptivity

The little finger: earth and form

The goal of this new special feature “Carpe Diem Namaste, the spiritual way”, try to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms with a deeper, spiritual, meaning.


spiritual journey
deep meaning growing within
you are the teacher
selfishness is contagious
believe the holy spirit

Ninefold Poem – Unusual Scent


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What is a Ninefold Poem? Check it out here

#ninefold Poetry Challenge – week 4

Unusual Scent

The nose is smelling a new found scent
It’s not to my liking in fresh air
Tickling the nose and making me sneeze

Now if I was wearing it I would
Have a hot shower and wash it away
As I’m not wearing it must walk away

But that’s not the way to be rid of it
As the young wearer lives in my house
Will have to be truthful and tell her