Carpe Diem Distillation, haiku, inspiration

Distilling a Classic Poem: A Carpe Diem Affair

Since discovering Carpe Diem, a daily haiku inspiration blog site, the host, Chevrefeuille has opened a new writing form; one filled with deep richness unknown to me before and simply fascinating.

His recent addition, Distillation, challenges the writer to reflect on a classic poem – this one by Otomo Miyuki –  then creatively come up with a haiku to complete it. A little note on this classical poem,  Chevrefeuille writes:

“…this poem…[written]…after the Jinshin conflict (672),… Emperor Temmu…moved the capital of Japan back to Yamato Province…naming this new capital, Asuka.

Let me try distilling a haiku today.

Our Sovereign, a god,
Has made his Imperial City
Out of the stretch of swamps,
Where chestnut horses sank
To their bellies. – © Ōtomo Miyuki

Jan Davidszoon de Heem - Student in his Study

Eager mind gallop
Write stories from the rubble
History assignments

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Remember when some school assignments needed much distillation?

20 thoughts on “Distilling a Classic Poem: A Carpe Diem Affair

      • Sunshine says:

        Oh, I am so sorry, Kristjaan – thank you for being persistent. I sent another message to Support hoping they can track what the problem is.

        So, when you are logged into WordPress you are not able to comment on my blog? Recently, even if I am logged into WordPress, when I go to comment on a blog, I am stopped and must re-log in again. Once I re-log in, I have to reload the page. It is such a bother.

        Thank you again. Hope to resolve this soon.


    • Sunshine says:

      hey, new grandmother! you look to young for the title…ha-ha. love, LOVE your new addition and your post about the memorable day, Angelia. thanks for sharing! cheers. 🙂


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