Monday, November 9, 2015

Carpe Diem #855 Meadow(s)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What to say about this prompt for today? I think I don't have to tell you something about this prompt, meadow(s), I even remember that we have had this prompt earlier, in another context maybe, but it's the very same.
The meadows of the valleys in the Altai mountains are wonderful and full of wonderful wild flowers and grasses ... and all those wild flowers and grasses have certain medicinal powers. Let us take a closer look at an image I have used earlier this month.

That yellow flower looks somewhat familiar with a Buttercup or Ranunculus and that is a very powerful herb to use in several conditions. Here is some more background:

Fresh leaves are historically used as external rubefacient in rheumatism, gout, arthritis, neuralgia (topically or externally applied). American Indians poulticed root for eczema, warts, boils or abscesses. Action based on irritating affected part.
It is directly applied to warts.
A tincture may be both externally applied or taken internally to treat shingles and sciatica.

More than a century ago, bulbous buttercup was recommended by herbalists for resolving dermatologic, rheumatologic, gastrointestinal, and dental complaints. When rubbed on the skin, bulbous buttercup causes blistering, swelling, and topical ulcers, which were said to alleviate pain topically as well as subcutaneously. All parts of the acrid plants were used to induce vomiting and diarrhea upon ingestion. As a painkiller, the plant was stuffed into dental cavities and its infusions were rubbed on the gums of teething infants.

The meadows of the Altai mountains are really rich in delivering powerful medicinal herbs and they were often used by the shamans, but also by the people themselves, because they have learned that from their ancestors ... in this rough surroundings there was just need to be wise to survive ... and that makes the people of the Altai mountains a strong race.

colorful meadow
Mother Nature's own pharmacy
ancestor's wisdom

© Chèvrefeuille

Another one about meadow(s) seen from another angle:

warriors of the king
fighting for glory - in the meadows
the lowing of cows

© Chèvrefeuille


For closure another haiku in which I have caught the powerful medicinal flowers in a few lines and words.

along our life's path
straight through the meadow of health -
a field of flowers

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you did like this episode. It's different with our other (once used prompt) meadow, but I loved creating it, however ... it wasn't easy to write this post.

in just one heart beat
the sunlight breaks through the mist
revealing the meadow

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 12th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, a new episode of our Haiku Writing Techniques and a new haiku by Ese, our featured haiku poetess, later on.


  1. Very professionally written post I think. Worth the time taken to write.

  2. The background of your blog fits perfectly with this prompt!

  3. Am enjoying the tour through the Altai mountains.....Thank you for these periodic escapes.