Day 26 Summer Retreat Unconditional Love

Day 26 Summer Retreat Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional love


roses bow
kissing the memorial bench
in the garden



Herman van Rompuy’s 2nd “inaugurate spring”

Herman van Rompuy’s 2nd “inaugurate spring”


Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy’s 2nd “inaugurate spring”

late evening
firefly’s signaling flash
fading glow in grass


lighting bugs’ flashes
reduced to subtle glow
from dewy grass


in the flashlights glow
glistening slime hangs from oak
slugs twirl wildly





Special 210 -Joyce Lorenson

Special 210 -Joyce Lorenson

Carpe Diem CD-special #210 Joyce Lorenson’s 2nd “butterfly wings”

Mitchell’s Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii) photographed in Van Buren County, Michigan,


satyrs play
among woodland shadows
summer afternoon


Hawaiian monk seal with green turtle at French Frigate Shoals (George Balazs, NOAA Fisheries


near the coral
green sea turtle grazes
on tips of seagrass


green sea turtle
basks in the sun
along side a seal

Shadorma – Stardust

Shadorma – Stardust

Carpe Diem Special #208 Sara McNulty’s 4th “fantasy” shadorma


late at night
the moonlight calls me
secret tales
clinging tight to a moonbeam
I ride the night wind

star kissed dreams
dance on my shoulders
but briefly
through the land a I speed by
hair blowing freely

all to soon
the dawn greets me
tucked away
in gossamer strands of hope
the world crowding in



Carpe Diem Special #202 Basho’s Disciples: Shiba Sonome’s “nobody sees”

Here are some haiku I liked by  Chiyo-Ni ( Shiba Sonome) who lived in the Edo period of Japanese History.

Airing out kimonos
as well as her heart
is never enough.               © CHIYO-NI

Again the women
come to the fields
with unkempt hair.           © CHIYO-NI

Just for today
using men
for rice-planting.               © CHIYO-NI

Rouged lips
forgotton —
clear spring water.            © CHIYO-NI

my attempt for a haiku in the same manner

without make up
embracing the dawn –
immersed in beauty

Christmas Eve Choka

Christmas Eve Choka

Carpe Diem Special #186 Georgia’s 2nd “days of Christmas” (choka)

bundling up again
we leave the Christmas service
colored lights aglow
in windows all over town
we all ooh and aah
at each decorated house
as we drive around
laughter and Christmas carols
echo through the car
demands for hot chocolate
drown out the singing
as night’s chill seeps through our coats
running out of songs
we head towards our warm home

bright stars light the sky
as we watch our breath condense
snow begins to fall
we stand in awe of nature
peace settling on the night

if you like choka here is my favorite from last years 7 days to Christmas
It was Not a Silent Night

or a fun one about our Christmas play
Christmas Play