Friday, January 25, 2013

Carpe Diem #105, Eyes

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy it was to read all your wonderful haiku inspired on our yesterdays prompt 'silk'. I have read a lot of silk-haiku in which romance and sensuality was clearly there. I do wonder ... is this the 'result' of our wonderful community of haiku poets? A community in which we are in a way connected? Feels like a common consciousness ... and that, my friends, is so cool.

Today we share haiku on 'eyes'. Eyes are the mirror of the soul and we use them to look around us and see all the wonders (and sadness) in our world. Haiku poets were 'lookers', they always looked closer to their surroundings and everything they saw they used in their haiku. Haiku is a short moment in time as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in a pond. Haiku ... our common passion ... I love it and I do believe that you all love writing and sharing haiku.

I wasn't inspired today ... so I have used an old haiku on 'eyes':

great eyes
the eyes of Buddha
full compassion

morning glories bloom
like the eyes of my wife
I fell in love

look into the eyes
of the people around you
share your love 

This prompt will stay on 'til January 27th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will share our new prompt later on today around 10.00 PM (CET) that will be 'Wolf Moon' (the full moon of January).

Have fun, be creative and share your haiku with us here on Carpe Diem.


  1. You last haiku urges us to look into other people's eyes. I was in a meeting this morning about one of my 7th-grade students. The girl's aunt asked if I looked at X when I was working with her. I said, "Yes." The aunt then said I should NOT look at the girl's face, because that makes her nervous. "She gets nervous at home when WE look at her," the aunt said. So eye to eye is not good for everyone!

    1. The first haiku I wrote(and did not post) addressed eye contact and some people's discomfort with it. I was not happy with it (my poem) and may continue to try to get it to work. I too have met many people who are unable to make eye contact.
      What is so amazing to me is how we each find different ways to approach these prompts. I learn something new from each poet, each day!

  2. Those were beautiful words around your haiku today, master of carpe diem!
    I liked those haiku very much by the way. Community, yes, definitely..

  3. The second haiku is just lovely. :-)

  4. Very nice Haiku.
    I especially like the second.

    There are parts of his community that I cannot reach,
    though they can reach me.

    Several Worpress blogs catch my comments in the spam filter.

    Would you be kind enough to mention this in one of your posts,
    and ask Worpress users to release my comments?

    Thank you, and


  5. I agree with MMT's comment! For some Koori (Aboriginal) people in Australia, according to their culture, looking into the eyes means stealing the soul! Not good! But usually the eyes of another "message" us whether they accept our gaze or not! We can feel it! Interesting haiku!

  6. Some realy deep haiku to this prompt and interesting comments. I enjoy the prompts and writing but I still cannot link up. Can something be done.... or is there something I can do to put it right. Here is my effort.