Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Almost four years ago, October 2012, I started Carpe Diem with the first prompt "waterfall". It was just an experiment and I never had thought that Carpe Diem would still be alive and kicking in 2016. But Carpe Diem is still here and today we have a nice celebration, a new milestone, this is our 1000th regular prompt. So I love to thank you all for being part of Carpe Diem and giving Carpe Diem a reason to go on.
Today we have our 1000th regular prompt and I think it fits in a great way. Today our prompt is Reed, and that "tree" (the Celts saw every wood-like plant as tree) is very flexible, it moves with the wind without snapping, it can carry a lot of snow without snapping ... and as the Celts thought ... Reed sings, and the Celts knew that Reed was the Messenger of the gods. Did you ever listened to Reed? You really can hear it "sing" on the breeze ... a heavenly song and I can imagine that the Celts thought that Reed was the Messenger of the gods.
Let us take a closer look at the meaning of Reed:
Although the reed isn't a tree, the druids viewed any large plant with a woody stalk to be a tree, and the Reed was considered very important. Therefore, the Reed was included in the Celts sacred Ogham because it met their criteria as a sacred organism, it was an extraordinarily useful plant, and it possesses a slew of noble qualities.
Reed was used for many purposes by the Celts. Specifically, they would weave Reeds together to make thatched roofs on their homes. This is where the Reed obtains its symbolism of protection. It is also a natural insulator, and the Celts honored it highly during cold, wet months.
Reed praises its Creator
being a messenger
And a few other haiku on Reed:
the rising sun
a new day
hanging from the Reed