Haiku: Stone Cold Heart

haiku, Carpe Diem Haiku, poetry

in the game of love
she fails at deciphering
ancient pick-up lines


Inspired by CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: #788 Rosetta’s Stone.

February Pilgrimage: Anrakuji Temple, Day 5

Walking on the Shinkoku 88 temple pilgrimage path, our guide, Chevrefeuille from Carpe Diem Haiku Kaileads us to the sixth Shingon temple in Kamiita, Japan called the Anrakuji Temple. 

Built to honor Bhaisajyaguru, the Buddha of Healing and Medicine, this doctor, according to legend, heals mainly through chanting mantras.

I find, at times, drinking tea in quiet solitude the best moment to seek Divine healing. When do find your best time for spiritual connections?

fresh ginger root tea,
brew in ceramic tea-cup
while chanting monks pray

ancient sounds vibrate –
in sacred healing rhythm,
tear drops mix with tea

haiku, carpe diem, February pilgrimage, tea,


February Pilgrimage: Konsenji Temple on Day 3

Day three and we visit the Konsenji, or third temple, in the Ohenro 88 temple pilgrimage. According to legend, Kobo Daishi, a Japanese monk and founder of Shingon Buddhism, visited Konsenji and found sacred healing water when his staff struck the ground.

Supposedly, today, there is a well next to the Daishi Hall, and if you see your reflection in the water, you will live until 92 years old. (hmm, do we want to live that long??) But, not seeing your reflection only means, eek!, you will die within the next three years.

It is only a legend. You can breathe easy now. [laughing]

As I walk the pilgrimage path up to the temple entrance, the haiku guide, in a soft voice says:

follow ritual
clean hands and mouth with water
then bow down to pray

haiku, pilgrimage, Carpe Diem haiku kai, healing water, prayer

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Inspiration:  Carpe Diem #390, Konsenji (Temple 3)

Photo credit: Wikimedia.org


February Pilgrimage: Day One, Ryozenji Temple

February first and a new episode, Shikoku Pilgrimage, starts over at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Chevrefeuille plans to host a month-long series to include the “88 temples on the Isle of Shikoku and…more about Buddhism as one the roots for our beloved haiku…[since]…in the classical rules of haiku [it] is said that there has to be a Buddhistic layer in haiku.”

Gaining new insights to attain wisdom and enlightenment can be a daunting project especially with limited opportunities to take an actual spiritual pilgrimage; however, a virtual journey could be the perfect alternative.

Let us join the thousand other O-Henro pilgrims on the Shikoku-route, shall we? First stop: Ryozenji Temple.

penniless pilgrim,
finds her worn rosary beads
oil stained in prayers

Ohenro, haiku, carpe diem challenge, pilgrimage, prayer

Inspiration:   Carpe Diem #389, Ryozenji.

Photo credit: Wikimedia.org


tan renga, doubt, disturbance,

Slight Disturbance Over the Shallow Pond

This is getting tougher…doubt settling in. I hope to complete this thirty-day Carpe Diem November Tan Renga Challenge but, suck in my breath through teeth, maybe this was not a good idea, stop now, no one will notice…day 18, but really, it is day 19 in the challenge. I failed one day. It was early on but I managed to slap doubt in the face and jumped back in.

Today. Another heavy round of fighting.

No, no…I am going on – persevering and not quitting!

Here is **Joanne from 4 Joy and her lovely haiku followed by my two, seven-syllable melodramatic completion:

by the shallow pond
reflection drawing northern fowl
a warm sun shimmers**

disturb fighting geese within
fluctuating emotions

tan renga, capsized goose, doubt, internal fighting,
Just wondering…so how does one get through the roadblock of doubt with ease & little commotion?