The Way of St. James

Opening the old latch on the rusty metal Spanish Gate, the pilgrim steps meditatively forward. His own heartbeat thumps in exciting rhythms. So many years in prayer hoping to walk The Way of St. James pilgrimage. Finally, the answered prayer. He imagines the historical footsteps marching along the path. First, the Roman invaders knee-deep in snow, trudge along as commanding leaders, Charlemagne and Napoleon, follow; bringing up their stomping armies from the rear. The bright orange-yellow sunlight obscures the horizon and then, a real voice echoes with surprise into his ears.

HELLO! a guide shouts
in the early morning fog –
thirty holy days

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Inspiration: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special – Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela or The Way of St. James.

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On the Fifth Morning…

Today, being a quiet and rather lazy kind of Sunday, I found the “Special” haiku challenge from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai quite delightful for the imagination.

The goal is to write a new haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the haiku by *Alexey Andreyev.

morning awakening:
among window curtains’ flowers
a blade of gray sky*

Perhaps the awakening comes with the pain of reality when one notices a change in a love relationship.  A lover draws away, affections growing elsewhere and what is left…only memories to start again anew.

truth dawning brightly
as the melting snow reveals
secret rendezvous

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It’s the last week in January, can you believe it?

January is also National Soup Month in the United States…I’m thinking a nice hot bowl of French Onion Soup sounds good right about now.

How about you?

What’s your favorite bowl of soup? 😛

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First Snowflakes…

Since the New Year, I have neglected my practice of haiku writing.  Shameful of me so here is a Carpe Diem Special featuring the haiku of  **Alexey Andreyev. The challenge, to “write a new haiku inspired on the one given [below], but it has to be in the same tone, sense and spirit.”

Here we go…

first snowflakes!
I love them too much to think
They’ll melt by noon**

even before dawn,
snowflakes drift first over path
…make way for footprints!

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For those in their winter months, I hope you enjoy some time walking in the snow, hearing the crunches with each footstep. Most of the first snow here is long gone. Maybe more snow later but I hope spring is near and anxious to give warmer weather.

Thank you and peace be with you.

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Special 71…

summer evening –
empty swing swaying slightly

in summer swelter,
airing out dirty laundry –
friendships sway…back, forth…

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Artist: John French Sloan

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Inspiration from Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special #71, write a haiku in the same tone as **Alexey Andreyev’s “Empty Swing” haiku.

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Slip Happy Day

It is December. Some may be basking in sunshine, cloudless and warm days but not me. No, this weekend was icy, very cold and wet. Lovely. Nothing like driving on ice or heaven forbid, getting out and walking anywhere…

My sidewalks are dangerous.

winter rain
waxes floor in thin ice
a slip happy day

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And how was your day?

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Inspiration from Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Special featuring master *Hando’s haiku Puddles on the Pavement.

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New Snow a Carpe Diem Special Affair

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new snow
the path you made last night
has gone with you – ©Garry Gay

yet lingering here
fragrant memories of love
you left behind

A Carpe Diem #63 Special – To write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the featured haiku writer, Garry Gay.