Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carpe Diem Vision Quest Revived #1 day 3 Issa's silence

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What joy it was this revived Vision Quest. It was a joy to create it and a joy to read your responses. Today is the last day of our "revived" Carpe Diem Vision Quest. For this third day I have a nice haiku by Issa for you. I love the haiku written by Issa, they are beauties and sometimes written in a childlike way ... but isn't that what we need? That child inside has to come to life again, it makes us more open for the beauty of nature .... seeing nature for the first time like a child that sees (for example) snow for the very first time. That's what haiku needs I think, that's what "living in the moment" means. Everything we experience, notwithstanding how often we have experienced it, we experience for the the first time ... seeing it like a child.

Enjoy it like children
Be like a child again. Look at the world around you through the eyes of children and experience the beauty of it.

naku na mushi damatte ite mo ichi go nari

don't sing, insects!
observe a period
of silence

© Kobayashi Issa

Imagine the scene Issa describes ... would it be possible? Just a small moment without the song of insects, that deep silence ... that's a feeling .... everlasting.

resonates through the street

© Chèvrefeuille

Can you imagine the scene? Look at it like a child ... isn't that awesome?

This third (and last) day of our "revived" Carpe Diem Vision Quest is NOW OPEN for your submissions. You have to respond within 24 hours, because than you "learn" the essence of haiku (only haiku) ... that one moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. Thank you for participating in this Vision Quest.


  1. With only 24 hours, we cannot "overthink" it but not sure if my response captures a moment or a lifetime :)

  2. I very much enjoyed this prompt. It got me to write about an experience that was very important to me and yet I had never put it into words until now. Thank you so much!

  3. Time ran out while trying to up load. Here's mine-