Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Carpe Diem #127, Courage

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another day in our Carpe Diem daily haiku paradise. I have read wonderful haiku on the last two prompts. Today, just like the two last posts, we share haiku on 'courage' a third virtues. Last week we had prompts with the seven sins, and the last two days and today are prompts on the seven virtues. So 'wisdom' and 'hope' were virtues and 'courage' also is a virtue.

Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning as courage. In the Western tradition, notable thoughts on courage have come from philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas and Kierkegaard; in the Eastern tradition, some thoughts on courage were offered by the Tao Te Ching. More recently, courage has been explored by the discipline of psychology.

Its accompanying animal is the lion. Often, Fortitude is depicted as having tamed the ferocious lion. Cf. e.g. the Tarot trump called Strength. It is sometimes seen in the Catholic Church as a depiction of Christ's triumph over sin (see Revelation 5:5).

The Chinese symbol for Courage

Well I think it's a wonderful prompt and I hope that you, my dear haijin, visitors and travelers will be inspired to write wonderful haiku on 'courage'. This prompt will stay on 'till February 22th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode of Carpe Diem, another Special haiku by Chiyo-Ni (our haiku master of this month), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). By the way: This time I haven't written an own new haiku, I hadn't enough inspiration. And I am a bit behind with commenting on all of your lovely post ... I haven't had the time ... sorry ... forgive me ...

So have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here on Carpe Diem. I will give hereafter the Special haiku by Chiyo-Ni for February 22th:

koborete wa tada no mizunari beni no tsuyu

the dew of the rouge flower
when it is spilled
is simply water

I hope that this haiku by Chiyo-Ni, which is our Carpe Diem Special #23 for February 22th, will inspire you.

PS.: I have published our new prompt list for March 2013.


  1. That was a wonderful page Kristjaan,with fascinating info around the haiku topic..

  2. Forgive yourself ~ we have no problem understanding ~ It takes alot to keep this link going plus writing haiku each day ~ I try to remind myself that musical composition has 'rests' in it for a reason ~ enjoy^_^
    Thanks for all you do ~ Wonder how your Mom is if I may ask? Healing prayers for her.

  3. Thank you for this inspiring prompt! I very rarely write Chinese haiku, but the character emmediately had me think of one. I liked quote a lot of the senryu style haiku by other contributors.

  4. I appreciate your Carpe Diem posts and the work it takes - enjoy moments of quiet. we understand and are grateful for your hard work.
    Courage is a virtue not always understood - I appreciate the challenge

  5. another great prompt, it inspired a few haiku from me.

  6. Another great word and one I need to practice daily. ;-)