Sunday, August 3, 2014

Carpe Diem #532, Movement

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Khalil Gibran, a modern times (end 19th and begin 20th century, must be modern heh) philosopher has written really awesome books. His thoughts were very much different as the ideas of the government in his country Lebanon and so he had to fled to the United States were he became a great man and author in the same league as Shakespeare. It's awesome to read his thoughts and ideas ... I can emphatize with him, because he has in a way the same thoughts and ideas as I, but ... I cannot really give the right words to it ...

Today I have another wonderful saying of him to share here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ...

[...] "We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?" [...]

Credits: Time is Chaos
"Time is on our side", we say, but that isn't true, because, as I look at myself, I don't have enough time. Several times I had to post a short message on our Haiku Kai, because of a delayed post by lack of time. And then we say "Time is on our side". Bull....
What is time? It's the movement of our wonderful planet Earth around the sun. A day has 24 hours, must be enough I thought, but why do I have a shortness of time than? I think I know it ... I just do like to much activities. All my activities are sucking my time. I don't have enough time! I need more time! Why has a day just 24 hours? Because that's the time Earth needs to complete his journey around the sun. Why not 48 hours?
Hm ... that's an issue! As a day would last for 48 hours our lives would be slower, we would be younger. Picture this (sorry I can't help it I love that sentence "picture this", it's from The Golden Girls TV-series, Sophia uses it to tell her stories. I like that TV-show) a day lasts 48 hours. (Do you have that picture?) I am now 51 yrs, as a day would lasts 48 hours, I would be 25 yrs! Awesome! I would be still a young guy and would have time enough.
Would that be true? Of course not as the days lasts 48 hours (a day) than I would still have a shortness of time, because I still like what I do. I would have more time for my patients. I would have more time to compose haiku and share them at our Haiku Kai. I would have a lot of time, but more time brings me more energy, more ideas .... and for sure I would have to little time. What, in Gods name, is my problem!?

Credits: Time
I think I have an idea to become rid of my problem ... I just throw my watch away and let those countless suns make my day. I have to adapt to nature's time, I don't need to stay awake until 2 o'clock in the night. I just have to go to my bed as the evening falls and get out of bed as the morning rises. Wouldn't that be awesome? Just going with nature and the way of the sun ... That's the time of a haiku-poet. As I stated in another episode of CDHK haiku-poets are the poets of nature, they are the keepers of nature ... so I have just to listen again to my own words and the words of our classical haiku-poets. We just have have to listen to our ancestors ... Did they have a shortness of time? I don't think so.
A lack of time is an "illness" of modern times ... I am a guy who lives in the modern time, but does that mean that I have to confirm to the fastness and lack of time? I don't think so.
From this moment on ... no time problems anymore. I just go with the flow, just go with the movement of countless suns and with the tides.

changing tides
my restlessness has gone
time is at my side

© Chèvrefeuille

Khalil Gibran has said it in the right way ... we don't need those little machines in our little pockets or around our wrist.

This episode, however, is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain, however, open until August 6th at noon. Sorry guys ... time is at our side, but I have to beacon the time (smiles). I will (try to) post our next episode, our first Carpe Diem Special of this month, a haiku by Jim Kacian, later on. !! Visit our new part of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai family at Carpe Diem's Tackle It Tuesday, a new weekly haiku-meme !!

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  1. What do you mean? You have the eloquence of writing...condense it for me in your excellent writing...

  2. so true on lack of time being an illness of these times...we are far too busy for our own good...and it is not that it is bad things...maybe just not a wise use of our lives...

  3. Movement of time is also like ocean waves on shore...sharing a haiku i wrote earlier this year with a photo from our visit to the Gulf...thanks for this place were time slows down to be in the moment :)

  4. Kristjaan your thoughts are always so beautifully framed. This is another moment of wonderful, quiet inspiration.
    Thank you so very much

  5. You're aging
    Time is a sly thief
    Wisdom time's always at your side.. :)

  6. The thought and the haiku is interesting...
    Loved Kahlil Gibran's words as well...
    But, I have a collection of 32 watches :P

  7. I have so missed being part of the haiku kai... but now maybe time allows me to write a haiku today ...