Saturday, October 31, 2015

Carpe Diem #848 Frosted Grass

Her name is Esther; she is a war correspondent who has just returned from Iraq because of the imminent invasion of that country; she is thirty years old, married, without children. He is an unidentified male, between twenty-three and twenty-five years old, with dark, Mongolian features. The two were last seen in a café on the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré.
The police were told that they had met before, although no one knew how often: Esther had always said that the man—who concealed his true identity behind the name Mikhail—was someone very important, although she had never explained whether he was important for her career as a journalist or for her as a woman.
The police began a formal investigation. Various theories were put forward—kidnapping, blackmail, a kidnapping that had ended in murder—none of which were beyond the bounds of possibility given that, in her search for information, her work brought her into frequent contact with people who had links with terrorist cells. They discovered that, in the weeks prior to her disappearance, regular sums of money had been withdrawn from her bank account: those in charge of the investigation felt that these could have been payments made for information. She had taken no change of clothes with her, but, oddly enough, her passport was nowhere to be found.
He is a stranger, very young, with no police record, with no clue as to his identity.
She is Esther, thirty years old, the winner of two international prizes for journalism, and married.
My wife.

(the above fragment is from the first chapter of The Zahir by Paulo Coelho)
Cover `The Zahir´

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai in which we will read The Zahir by Paulo Coelho, while traveling through the wonderful nature around the Altai Mountains. Above you have read a fragment from The Zahir a story of obsession and trying to become free ...
The Zahir is a wonderful novel and for sure worth reading and it fits our theme very good. As you maybe can remember back in 2014 we made a trip by train straight through the former USSR and we read Aleph also a novel by Paulo Coelho.
This month we will return to part of that journey, The Altai Mountains, for a lot of people in Central Asia very sacred, because of the appearance of a rock-carving, a stag beetle.

Today I love to start with a fragile prompt ... frosted grass. During the biggest part of the year the Altai Mountains are clothed in the image of winter. It can be very cold trhough the year and frosted grass is often seen even in the middle of summer.

Credits: frosted grass
early morning sunlight
frosted grass around the yurt
puffs of breath

© Chèvrefeuille

And another one also inspired on this first prompt of our new Carpe Diem month:

hoarfrost on the grass
melts in the early sunlight
life passes

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 3rd at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, Yaks, later on. For now .... have fun!


  1. A fantastic start, truly fantastic. Wonderful introduction, and really, Chevrefeuille, your first haiku is just so good, so real. I can read it again and again and I feel more atmosphere each time. I can see the puffs, and imagine people packing their horses. Your second haiku almost makes me rediscover the value of haiku. Truly a great start to what is going to be a special month. I look forward with trepidation, knowing we have a long journey of discovery ahead of us this month.

  2. Oh my, this is interesting and I do enjoy reading Coelho. Your haiku are beautiful, Chèvrefeulle, especially that first one...puffs of breath...catches my breath reading this.