because i am

Gitanjali, Song Offerings sounds amazing but can you bring it back to its essential meaning and create a haiku with it? That’s the goal for Carpe Diem’s weekend distillation…

The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.
I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light,
and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds
leaving my track on many a star and planet.
It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself,
and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own,
and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach
the innermost shrine at the end.
My eyes strayed far and wide before
I shut them and said `Here art thou!’
The question and the cry `Oh, where?’ melt into tears of a thousand streams
and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance `I am!’

© Rabindranath Tagore (taken from “Gitanjali”)

 

my distillation haiku:

inner universe
who comprehends one’s own soul?
recognition’s tears

 

and i add 2 lines for tanka:

find identity in God
Creator, greater “I AM”

 

 

 

 

 

wysteria myst

From Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, a haiku to “revise”:

 

in the moonlight,

the color and scent of the wisteria

seems far away

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

___________

 

hear flute softly weep

pale purple tears in moonlight

dropping over wall

© lynn__

 

Wisteria-1

image – CDHK

 

blues on a window(pain)

Linking “cloud” quadrille (44 word poem) with dVerse Poets…(photo by lynn)

img_2083

monday mood

in layers of grey

lowering, glowering

clouds are shrouds

for secret fears

and private tears

as each soul

only knows of

its own sorrows;

cannot fathom another’s

though true sisters/brothers

might try to sigh

with kindred spirit’s cry

in overcast

empathy.

 


“Each heart knows its own bitterness…  ” -Proverbs 14:10

hope springs eternal

SONY DSC

photo credit: MARKOVICH PHOTO ART

Doesn’t this beautiful photo of apple blossoms on orange background lift one’s spirit?  One more day of NaPoWriMo challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days!  A lot of mine were haiku/haiga  🙂

 

in need of rescue

 

photo by Gabriella at dVerse; used with permissionimg_4644

Daddy was mean so I run away but had nowhere to go.  Met a guy I thought I could trust.  Sure, he treated me real special at first.  I fell hard…thought he loved me too.  Called me “sweet thing” and “babe” and said two of us was all that mattered in the world.  Until he started passing me around to his friends for free and then to strangers for money.  Decent money too but he keeps most of it.  Now he’s taking me to the big city.  I don’t wanna go but he squeezes my arm so tight at every bus stop…to keep me from running again.  Doesn’t anybody see my tears?

i’ve nowhere to go

sky cries tears down bus windows

can’t wash my shame’s pain

 


Thinking of young victims of sex slavery and linking with haibun challenge at dVerse Poets

 

 

 

 

we pass thru vale (veil) of tears

 

we’re all refugees

orphans searching for hearts’ home

when peace cries last tears

 

photo by lynn

photo by lynn


 


Thanks to Mira for nominating me for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge!

 To Wear a Rainbow

(Hey, I nominate all of my readers…check it out!)

tears or…tears?

 

old quilt fabric thins

sewn in love by aunt now gone

accept the finite

_______

Linking with CDHK today…