Monday, August 19, 2013

Carpe Diem #276, A Journey to India

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This month through all the wonderful music of Karunesh is a journey right to the heart. Yesterday we had Silent Heart for prompt and I have read wonderful haiku inspired on Silent Heart by Karunesh. Today we are going on a trip to India, in which culture the music of Karunesh is rooted. A Journey to India is not on my list however, I hope one day to visit Japan in which haiku, our beloved haiku, is rooted, but 'till then I just dream on to be in Japan ... A few years ago I dreamed very strongly about Japan and I had the feeling that I was outside myself and had an encounter with Basho, the master himself. As the day followed on that dream I wrote a few new haiku ... at least I thought that they were new, but as I read them again and again I realized that the haiku were all written by Basho himself. I hadn't read those haiku, but then I read an essay by Jane Reichhold in which she all the wonderful haiku by Basho mentioned I read the haiku I thought I had written ... but no I hadn't written them ... they were written by Basho and I didn't know those haiku by him. Is it possible that I really was with Basho in my dream and that he whispered those haiku into my ears?

India ... the land of the great Guru's ... the land where spirituality is part of the culture is part of the people themselves. How I wished that I could be there, but ... it's not a country that I would visit. I am a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi and I once have written an essay about him ... That essay was about acceptation of all kinds of love ... it was published in a magazine for Christian Youth. I think this will one day ... I don't know when ... will be happening.
What has this to do with our episode of today? Everything I think ... Gandhi was an Indian advocate and with his 'non-violence' way of protesting he has done a lot of good. How sad it is that he, nevertheless of his non-violence policy, was assassinated.

What a wonderful music ... lean back and enjoy the music, let it become part of you, go with the flow and let it be an inspiration for you to write the most gorgeous haiku ever.

dreamworld far away
longing for the spirit of India -
seagulls cry

seagulls cry
overwhelming me with emotions
a journey to India

What a joy ... another haiku written right from my heart. As I was writing these haiku seagulls cried above my head ... so I had to include them. Don't ask me why ... I don't know.

This prompt will stay on 'till August 21th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post, Magic Fields, our new episode later on today around 7.00 PM (CET). !! A Journey to India is open for submissions at 7.00 PM (CET) !!


  1. {{ lovely
    & thank you
    for sharing
    the peace }}

  2. AH... a monday like this I wish I could be spiritual like you you Kristjaan. Wonderful haiku ... seagulls.. love that.. me I was just flippant.

    1. Sometimes we need a little flippancy in this life just to get us through the day! :)

  3. Am home. Will be catching up on past few days readings of others' blogs over next two days. Sorry I wasn't able to reply to comments on my blog from my phone. I also didn't get mail so am far behind.

  4. I am a bit behind with commenting on all of your wonderful posts, so forgive me. I will catch up in the coming days.

  5. Thank you, Kristjaan - it has been a very good idea to combine India and haiku. For me it has been anopportunity to look at old (analog) pictures again. I hadn't looked at them for quite a while, especially because I had been to India later again.

  6. I'm back but got hit full on with another withdrawal response to my antidepressant. This medication should be outlawed. Really. It's keeping me from haiku and reading all your lovely work. Started with this prompt. Possibly not reading all who post but my Carpe Diem regulars for sure. Am reading even if not commenting. Please forgive me.