Saturday, January 4, 2014

Carpe Diem #366, Volga River

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you like this trip until now. I realized my self yesterday that I haven't made it an easy month for myself. Preparing the episodes for this month is more difficult than I thought, maybe I am to eager to make this an adventure ... well I am an adventurer so let's go on with our journey straight through the Soviet Union.

Today we are crossing the Volga River. The Volga is the longest river in Europe; it is also Europe's largest river in terms of discharge and watershed. It flows through central Russia and is widely viewed as the national river of Russia. Eleven of the twenty largest cities of Russia, including the capital, Moscow, are situated in the Volga's drainage basin. Some of the largest reservoirs in the world can be found along the Volga. The river has a symbolic meaning in Russian culture and is often referred to as Volga-Matushka (Mother Volga) in Russian literature and folklore.

So the Volga had to be in this month of Carpe Diem. The TSR crosses the Volga about 300 km after departing from Moscow. In our yesterday's post I showed you the Volgo compleely frozen, so here I love to share a photo from Wikimedia of the Volga in the Spring or Summer.

Volga River
As Paulo and Hilal are departing from Moscow it's late in the evening so it could be very dark and I think they didn't saw the Volga that night, maybe they did saw it reflecting the lights of the TSR or the moon ... we don't know, but what we know is that they crossed for sure the Volga.
Our journey continues and we will go deeper into the Soviet Union the next days and weeks, but it is for sure an adventure ...

the train is rushing by
the Volga shimmers in the night
reflecting the moon

Volga river shivers
as the Trans Siberian runs over -
fishermen looks disturbed

Just a free interpretation of this prompt I think. I have let go my imagination and I love it.

This episode will stay on until January 6th 11.59 AM (CET) and will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET). I will post our new episode, Kirov, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


  1. I find this month so far not only very tough bur also very interesting. I think I'm writing my own imagined trip ... Your first haiku bring me almost into the futurists vision of a haiku.. I can see how it rushes on. There is a certain feeling of crossing a big river by night... very nice.

  2. Each day in this journey is ever more magical. I think something very special is happening. Your posts and haiku have more soul every day.

  3. You have made this interesting and challenging. Thanks, Kris!

  4. I love that second one!

  5. Nearly finished the book, but really finding it different to normal. Not liking the author very much.

  6. You have taken us on quite a journey, Kristjaan, and those prompts, though not simple, are really interesting and original. Thank you for being such a wonderful creative host!
    Both of your haiku are strong but the first one really shines.