Thursday, January 9, 2014

Carpe Diem #370, Tyumen

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

On the (rail)road again. We have left Yekaterinburg and with leaving that city we have entered the Asian part of the Soviet Union. Hilal and Paulo coming still closer to the point in which their former lives will be finally clearer.
As they left Yekaterinburg Hilal mentions the 'Aleph' and brings confusion to the editor and publisher of Paulo. She also tells them that she is already a spalla which means that she, just 21 yrs of age, already is the first (most important) violinist of the orchestra in which she plays.

Hilal is already a Spalla

As they are on their way, message reaches Paulo that there will be a TV-reporter who wants to interview him on one of the next stations. That station isn't mentioned in the story, but I think the station what's meant is our next stop on our TSR-trip, Tyumen. On their way to Tyumen, Paulo decides to take a rest and as he lays down on his bed in his compartiment he hears music. It turns out that Hilal is playing her violin while using the bathroom.

As they arrive in Tyumen, the TV-reporter is coming on board of the TSR. After some talking they decide to make the TV-report on the 'balcony' were Paulo and Hilal first entered the 'Aleph'.

Let me tell something more about Tyumen. Tyumen  is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 1,700 kilometers (1,100 mi) east of Moscow.


Tyumen was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 to support Russia's eastward expansion, the city has remained one of the most important industrial an economic centers east of the Ural Mountains. Located at the junction of several important trade routes and with easy access to navigable waterways. Tyumen rapidly developed from a small military settlement to a large commercial and industrial city. The central part of Old Tyumen retains many historic buildings from throughout the city's history.

Railwaystation Tyumen

As Paulo's interview has ended the TV-reporter asks him a last question. "What does God mean to you?" Paulo, normally answering that kind of questions on automatic pilot gives a complete other answer. That answer points already to his former history with Hilal. He answers: "Anyone who knows God cannot describe Him. Anyone who can describe God doesn't know Him".

God ?

back to the 'Aleph'
reaching out for the past -
violinist plays on

violinist plays on
brings the mind into ecstasy
back to the 'Aleph'

(c) Chèvrefeuille

A nice set I think. This episode will stay open for your submissions until January 11th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, Irtysh River, later on today. !! Tyumen is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) !! Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all. By the way: I have published an all new Special feature on our second weblog "Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special" that new feature is titled "Haiga Festival". Feel free to visit.(I am hopelessly behind with commenting, hope to catch up soon)


  1. I'm reading Aleph at the same time.. and I focused on being bored instead hmm maybe I should have read further. Still hearing a violin would have been a welcome interruption.

  2. i can hear the music (◕‿◕。)

    much love...

  3. I can hear music too from your set of haiku, Kris!

  4. Great stuff, really you keep it going very well.