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Evening Sky : A Carpe Diem Distillation Affair

In the classic Japanese novel, Tale of Genji, one of Genji’s lovers, Yuugao, dies because of a jealous curse placed on her. Back then, they really believed evil thoughts could kill!

The Carpe Diem’s Distillation challenge is to distill a haiku in reference to the selected text below.

As Genji mourns the loss of Yuugao while “looking at the smoke from the pyre…” he recited his thoughts. 

Chevrefeuille writes:

“It is important to know…Yuugao’s name means ‘Evening Faces.’ Therefore, Genji’s reference to ‘being deeply intimate with the evening sky’ refers to the love he shared with Yuugao.

The evening sky itself
Becomes something to cherish
When I gaze at it,
Seeing in one of the clouds
The smoke from her funeral pyre

Prince Genji, haiku, Carpe Diem Distillation, funeral pyre, love lost, evening faces, prayers, full moon rising

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majestic prayers –
rises to meet the full moon
under falling stars 

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8 thoughts on “Evening Sky : A Carpe Diem Distillation Affair

    • Sun says:

      Philmouse – YES! i think we have the ability to destroy just with thoughts. maybe not others but do some serious damage to ourselves. thanks for bringing your powerful thought by this evening. 🙂


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