Monday, August 15, 2016

Carpe Diem #1025 beauty

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are halfway this month of beautiful quotes for our inspiration. In all the quotes we can find a little bit of "the power of words". And that "power" we use everyday in our personal lives, but also in our haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms. In our haiku we share our thoughts, our memories, our ideas and our love for nature.

Today I have a beautiful quote by Rumi for you. Rumi (1207-1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's spiritual legacy is appreciated all over the globe for the past seven centuries. 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.

Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." [...] Rumi

A short one I know, but I think it is possible to create a haiku (or tanka) inspired on this quote. Here is my attempt.

geisha unmasks
Magnolia blossoms fall one by one
beauty evaporates

© Chèvrefeuille

Not as strong as I had hoped, but I think it is a nice haiku.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 20th at noon (CET). Have fun!


  1. One of your very best haiku, Chèvrefeuille...really cannot agree with your assessment, just superb and dramatic, soft, tinged with sadness.