Sunday, December 17, 2017

Carpe Diem #1328 Along the Road

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend with a lot of love, peace and inspiration. My weekend was a real joy and gave me some rest to go on being your host. As you have seen I started with our traditional holidays feature "Seven Days Before Christmas" in which we count down to Christmas Eve.

This episode I love to inspire you with a quote from Paulo Coelho's "The Pilgrimage" that wonderful novel about his spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago. Here at CDHK we have had several post about the Road to Santiago and we have had also a whole month about this pilgrimage at the start of this year.

"The Pilgrimage" is one of Coelho's most personal novels next to "Aleph" and "The Valkyries" he gives us insight in his spiritual growth while he his walking the "Road to Santiago", one of the most known pilgrimages on earth.
I remember that a few posts back I wrote about looking at nature as a child or look at nature as if you see it all for the very first time. The quote for today has a strong connection with "being a child as an adult".

Road to Santiago (Portugal)
Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "I began to talk to everything along the Road: tree trunks, puddles, fallen leaves and beautiful vines. It was an exercise of the common people, learned by children and forgotten by adult." [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

It sounds like Coelho has become mad, but isn't that what we all need sometimes ... to be mad? Than we can see the perspective of the bigger cause, the bigger goal. Look around you ... look at all nature's beauty as if you see it for the very first time. Nature is the best teacher we can have ... as haiku poets we know how much nature can learn us. Be a child again, be mad for a while and enjoy the beauty of nature.

between bare branches

first snow

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

* Troglodytes troglodytes

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 24th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

1 comment:

  1. laughing. Ok, I looked up troglodytes because of the *asterisk of wren and the dictionary said " (especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave.
    a hermit.
    a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned." So throughly confused I looked up "Troglodytes troglodytes" and it means Euroasian wren, with wren being a kigo for winter. It's funny two of the same words mean something different than the one word alone. Thanks for the haiku (and the lesson)!