Thursday, March 3, 2022

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1359: The Beautitudes


Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of of wonderful Haiku Kai. Maybe you can remember that back in the years we had a special feature "Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu", back in time it was the new title for our former feature "Ghost Writer".

I remember that I loved creating those posts and I remember that we once had a "Tokubetsudesu" episode about the Beautitudes. Today I love to "reprise" that episode to inspire you.

For this episode I have chosen to share The Beatitudes as described in Matthew 5: 1-12 with you all for your inspiration. It fits really our central theme for April, Peace of Mind, and it's based on several ideas from Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions or life-philosophies.

I love to challenge you to bring The Beatitudes back to haiku or tanka or into a haibun ... no need to copy The Beatitudes, they are only used here for your inspiration. 

The Beatitudes

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It's wonderful and I think The Beatitudes will inspire you to compose haiku, tanka or haibun to share with us.

This "reprise" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 8th 10:00 PM (CET). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

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