Friday, February 1, 2013

Carpe Diem #111, Staff, Walking Stick (provided by YerPirate of Tea with a Pirate

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am so happy to see how much you all love haiku and sharing them here on Carpe Diem. It feels like a warm embrace as I see and read all of your wonderful posts. Makes me humble and thankful that I may be your host.

Today we share haiku on 'Staff, Walking Stick' provided by YerPirate of Tea with a Pirate and I am grateful that he suggested this prompt. I think it's not an easy one, but I have said that often and always succeeded in writing at least one haiku. And I hope that you all can and will share your haiku on this prompt.

Rattan a kind of palm used for walking sticks

Around the 17th or 18th century, a stout rigid stick took over from the sword as an essential part of the European gentleman's wardrobe, used primarily as a walking stick. In addition to its value as a decorative accessory, it also continued to fulfill some of the function of the sword as a weapon. The standard cane was rattan with a rounded metal grip.

shepherd's staff
thrown away on the heath
broken dreams

our Queen
throws away her staff -
time for a King

(Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will lay down her staff, in favor of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander on April 30th. Than her reign will stop after 33 years.)

It wasn't easy to write these haiku, but I enjoyed it very much. Thank you YerPirate for providing us with this prompt.
Have fun, be creative and inspired ... share your haiku (and your comments) with Carpe Diem.

This prompt will stay on 'till February 3rd 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, 'Buddha' provided by Patricia of high five and raspberries , later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).


  1. Fun prompt. I've actually seen the woman I wrote about--she reminds me of Jizo Boddhisattva who wanders with a staff to help travelers and those in need. Hers, like his, has bells on it.

  2. Wonderful prompt! and I loved your second haiku! I hope the Queen keeps her (personal) staff though. Otherwise she may have to wash the dishes and comb her own hair!!

  3. Your first haiku is so visual. I love it. Thank you for keeping this prompt going.

  4. Oh I thought your first haiku wa just brilliant, visually and in words - hard maybe, but worth fighting that battle to produce I think. Thanks Kristjaan.

  5. This is so clever. I fear that I might have run off topic. Sorry.
    Thanks for a fun meme.

  6. Thank you for hosting this! I don't see a way to subscribe to your blog. I only see comment subscriptions...

    1. You don't have to subscribe to this blog, you're free to post your link and share your haiku verses with us all on Carpe Diem. So if you would like to participate feel free to post your link in the linky widget.


  8. I love the way you tie your lovely haiku in with a bit of history; so educational and interesting.

  9. This took some thought...
    so "simple" so very difficult.
    Thank you YerPirate of Tea with a Pirate
    for the challenge.☺