Saturday, August 1, 2015

Carpe Diem #787 Lighthouse of Alexandria (reprise)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have an announcement to make, maybe a few, last Monday my dad was released from the hospital. He's ok, but has to be careful and taking his time to recover fully from his major heart attack. Thank you all for your love, thoughts and prayers.
Than ... after long consideration ... I have decided that the CD Time Glass feature will stop. I know that there are several family-members who loved the time challenge. I made that feature with all my heart and love to challenge you, but it takes to much time to create several CDHK episodes on one day. In the upcoming weeks I also will look to all the other features we have on a weekly base. After long consideration I will "cut" several weekly features to make them a bi-weekly feature. Of course I will create new features to challenge you all, so don't worry ....

Ok ... back to this episode of CDHK. Today we will board on a papyrus boat to sail The Nile and of course we have to start somewhere ... and that's in Alexandria, a large city in the Nile's delta. Maybe you remember our trip along the Seven Ancient World Wonders back in 2013. One of those World Wonders was The Lighthouse of Alexandria. You can find that episode, I belief it was episode 333 HERE.

Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Lighthouse of Alexandria ... it's light flashes over the Mediterranean Sea and The Nile delta as a beacon to guide us on this new adventure deep into Africa as we are on our way to the source of The Nile.

Back in 2013 this prompt inspired several of you, my dear family-members, and I thought "Wouldn't it be a beautiful idea to reproduce a few of the haiku written in response of this prompt?" Well ... here they are ... I hope you maybe remember them or otherwise I hope they will inspire you to write an all new haiku or tanka and "re-live" that historical fact that we were inspired in October 2013 by The Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Beyond the lighthouse
to some strange and distant land?
All you need is here.

© Magical Mystical Teacher (MMT)

bright beacon
in a stormy squall

© Cathy Tenzo (Haiku Plate Special)

passing over
the lighthouse again ...
fish shadow

ancient ship sailors’ night light
procession beacon

Procession beacon
glow for lovers’ evening strolls
solar garden lights

© Sun (Simply Charming)

Credits: Brandaris on Terschelling (NL), the oldest lighthouse of my country The Netherlands

Well .... did you like this short trip along memory-lane? I certainly did enjoy it and it inspired me to write an all new 

over the harbor
a lightflash

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until August 4th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Rosetta's Stone, later on. For now .... have fun!


  1. It was great to read haiku from the past again. Thanks for showcasing all those "oldies but goodies"!

  2. Great writing, I can feel the eagerness at the start of the journey! Good about your father.

  3. I am glad to hear your father is recovering. My prayers continue. I am also glad you are changing things around to make sure you have enough time for yourself. Always grateful for all you do, and nice to see the old haiku again.

  4. Thanks very much for your coment on blog and providing me with the haiku I was looking all over is one of my very favourite haiku. I changed the text and incorporated it.

  5. Wonderful news ... and a great inspirational post!

  6. this one made me revisit a former posting at my blog but i wrote new haiku for it; nice prompt

    much love...

  7. I've been out of touch but always refreshing to come here and see all the great challenges you assemble...I'm happy your love one is doing better. I forgot about my haiku so thank you for the flashback.