Day 24 Summer Retreat Unconditional Love

Day 24 Summer Retreat Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional love


on the table
for no occasion
fresh roses



“Time Flies”

“Time Flies”

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, January 13th 2016

Write a haibun inspired on the proverb “time flies if you have fun”. And (of course) I have a few restrictions to it. Here they are:

1. start with a haiku and end with a haiku
2. try to place your haibun (and the haiku) in one of the four seasons, you may choose the season yourself
3. your haibun may have a maximum of 250 words, including the haiku


mid summer’s day
children shout and play
laughter ringing

“Time flies when you are having fun.” My memories take me back to my youth and outdoor play with the neighbors.  Summer fun included baseball and badminton, moss pots in the creak, hide and seek and tag, as well as playing in the hose.. Then suddenly I am transported to a different time, that of my own children’s childhood. Playing follow the leader, lawn croquet, reading on the porch swing and taking walks. The summers pass by so quickly. I look in the mirror and see grey hair. Yet summer ever lingers and now it is my grandchildren running across the yard, still playing croquet and catching lightening bugs.  As the light fades,  I sit on the porch swing listening to the last sounds of summer and the creaking swing.

at summer’s end
past and present mingle
time gone to soon


Do Not Stop

Do Not Stop

Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille  challenged us to write a haiku based on this quote from Confucius

“it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”


I dream
meandering slowly
through the garden


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Luna moth sails by
I grieve – gossamer wings torn
slow path to  flight

Essence and Shadorma -Wild Horses

Essence and Shadorma -Wild Horses

 BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond

Created by Emily Romano, the “Essence” consists of two lines of six syllables each.  There is an end rhyme (rhyme at the end of the line) and an internal rhyme (rhyme in the middle of the line).


Edvind Earle. Land of the Midnight Sun. WikiArt.


the land of midnight sun
a band of horses run


autumn eve
the flaming sun sets
horses race
just for joy
across the wind kissed meadow
shadows gently fall



Heeding Haiku With HA: Jack Kerouac   –Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Write a poem inspired by beat poet Jack Kerouac who played an influential role in the promotion of haiku in the West.

yellow eyed raven
perches on the rail
jumping at suet


broken rake handle
finds new life
as a tomato stake


early walk in woods
startling a doe
along the path


in pain, sitting
with ice pack
leaking down my back



for heeding haiku with HA: friendship

What I’ve learned is that friendships don’t have to last long, to leave a lifetime of impression.

sharing laughter
when everything’s going wrong
tears turn to joy


The attraction subtle,
like cat hair on fresh laundry.
Drawn together;
with kindred spirits.
Sharing briefly
a passion for poetry.
a lifetime impression.


A Gift – Renga Party

A Gift – Renga Party

In honor of HA’s birthday – he had a renga session

her small hands
touching the temple bell
an imprint of innocence                                    anmol(aka HA)

an imprint of innocence
beautifully trimmings gift wrapped
what lies underneath                                        Cressida

behind the sweet face
of a buddha lies the heart
of a scorpion                                                    Cressida

her small hands
touching the temple bell
an imprint of innocence                                    ladyleemanila

an imprint of innocence
beautifully trimmings gift wrapped
what lies underneath                                        ladyleemanila

behind the sweet face
of a buddha lies the heart
of a scorpion                                                     ladyleemanila

With loved ones around
solitude is banished.
She longs for quiet.                                           Vivinfrances

Silence palls
the loved ones are missed –
she longs for company                                     Vivinfrances

she longs for company
pink carnations in a vase
love through mail                                              threenotes

she longs for company
summer breeze sustains
finds connection within                                     Vagrant Rhonda

finds connection within
the song of birds that
fill the air with joyfulness                                  Candy

finds connection within
Ha our birthday boy does
he writes great haiku                                         Ralli

he writes great haiku –
provides prompts for me and you
let us share this gift                                           julespaige

let us share this gift
of words well worth amending
the tone and spirit                                             julespaige

The tone and spirit
lifts us to a higher plain
singing joy to our souls                                     Candy

sing joy to our souls
oh, restless tumbling breeze
make these candles dance                               whimsygizmo

make these candles dance
draw on deep-filled silence –
gift yourself away                                              eleni

each new candle
celebrates your own new year
a gift of life                                                        Bastet

a gift of life
our atoms pulse together
in spring-kissed breeze                                    barbcarary

in spring-kissed breeze
air ripe with fragrant haiku
celebrate again                                                 Dolores