Friday, April 25, 2014

Carpe Diem Distillation #7, Tagore's ''Lotus''

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a long time ago that we had a distillation challenge, but I was on a roll today, so I thought to make another episode of this special feature Distillation. In this special feature the goal is to 'distil' a haiku from a long-poem.
For this episode of Distillation I have chosen a poem by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) titled 'Lotus'. Tagore has written a lot of poems and was adored by a lot of people, not only for his poems, but also for his spiritual thoughts.

Here is the poem which you have to distil a haiku from:

Credits: Lotus


On the day when the lotus bloomed, alas, my mind was straying,
and I knew it not. My basket was empty and the flower remained unheeded.

Only now and again a sadness fell upon me, and I started up from my dream and felt a sweet trace of a strange fragrance in the south wind.

That vague sweetness made my heart ache with longing and it seemed to me that is was the eager breath of the summer seeking for its completion.

I knew not then that it was so near, that it was mine, and that this perfect sweetness had blossomed in the depth of my own heart.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Credits: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

This episode of CD's "Distillation" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 25th 11.59 AM (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your distilled haiku with us all.


  1. oh, what a poem! my heart is full, full, full

  2. I keep returning to the poem and rereading it again and again and not trying to write anything. I like it so much that whatever I think to say is not even close to this masterpiece.

  3. luv the layers: depths of despair, heights of appreciation, illusion of dreams; thanks for this challenge Kristjaan

    much love...

  4. This was not easy... the layers.. the nuances... there is a reason to write long poems sometimes