Friday, January 17, 2014

Carpe Diem #377, Tayshet


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are still on our way to Vladivostok, the end-station of the Trans Siberian Railroad, and still discovering the former lives of Hilal and Paulo. We have already discovered that they knew each other in a former life and that they share a sad memory. Will they come closer to each other and will their former love bloom again? We will see.
While on their way to find their common history we are entering Tayshet. Tayshet was founded in 1897 as a supply point and station on the Trans-Siberian Railway and was granted town status in 1938.
During the 1930s–1950s, Tayshet was the center of administration for gulag labor camps Oserlag and Angarstroy. Construction of the first section of the Baikal–Amur Mainline started in 1937 and was managed from here.
According to some survivor accounts, between Tayshet and Bratsk there is "a dead man under every sleeper." Along with Japanese prisoners from the Kwantung Army, German prisoners of war formed a large proportion of the forced labor contingent, generally under a 25-year sentence. The Germans were repatriated in autumn of 1955, after West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's visit to Moscow.

Tayshet is a major railway junction. Here the Baikal–Amur Mainline begins, branching northeast from the Trans-Siberian Railway.

sentenced to labor
into the deep region of Siberia -
building a railroad

building a railroad
with their bare hands only
sentenced to labor

I was caught by the Gulag experience which was mentioned in the above description of Tayshet and had to use it in this set of senryu.
Now it's your turn to compose a haiku or senryu for today's post. Have fun, be inspired and share your senryu or haiku with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

This episode will stay open for your submissions until January 19th 11.59 AM (CET) and is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET). I will publish our new episode, Irkutsk, later on today.


  1. I read Anne Applebaum's book on Gulag a few years ago.. this has not passed me by.

  2. You have researched some interesting information on Tayshet here, Kris! Your haiku paints a sad image of that time. I pray that there will be no repeats of such atrocities ever again.

  3. I look back and see each post has been wonderful. What a fantastic month, what an achievement, and what an idea! Really this has been a superb adventure, with still a few days to go.