Our world is outdoors
path between blue skies and grey clouds
we chase the sun
The path is long
fraught with stumbles and turns
bruises and bumps
but from each step we learn
The way is unclear
the gravel beneath
cuts and convicts
throwing us on our knees
The trail always upward
I wipe my brow
knowing there’s a finish
I know the way for now
Do you take steps in life that you wish you could re-do? Do you find yourself in unfamiliar settings wondering how you got off course? Life is a journey of uncertainty but we have a master who holds the compass lovingly beckoning us to the next turn of our quest.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
tama-dana ni kanarazu kaze no fuku to iu
on the ancestors’ altar
a lucky wind blows
My father’s hands my son’s
tears cover the trail
father steps into shadow
son clears the path
The Carpe Diem prompt is Ancestors. Without our ancestors who / what would we be but a jumble of DNA. Instead we have the privilege we carry on where our ancestors left off.
Lost in the snow
cherry petal path
dreams of home
Hatsuyume is the Japanese word for the first dream had in the new year and that is our prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai “First Dream”
Along the pathway that was tread yesterday
there are few indications
that you were here
all that is left is a reminder
and that too will fade
pose the question:
“Does the path I take matter?
Is it more important
that I blazed a trail for another
or that the trail is scarred by my passing?”
If the meek shall inherit the earth, what then will those who terrorize innocent people inherit?
I shudder to think.
I traced the path of a bunny this morning. His concern was for food to sustain him this day. His path in the snow made me smile. Use your life to bring others joy. Man is a beast who evokes fear for his own pleasure or to make a statement. Perhaps he would be better to write an article of angst than to kill and maim.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5 &6 (Verse Concepts)
“Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”
end of the day’s walk
thunder warns of storm’s promise
The prompt for Chevrefeuillle’s Carpe Diem is Short- Cut inspired by this haiku by Buson:
chikamichi ya mizu fumi wataru satsukiame
on the shortcut path,
stepping through water to cross the meadow
in the summer rains.
I wrote another poetic offering for the thunder and lightening show today.
meigetsu ya ittemo ittemo yoso no sora
autumn’s bright moon,
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky
© Chiyo-Ni a well known haiku poetess from the 18th century.
face the path alone
destination beyond reach
wolf knows the way
dawn’s mountain top caress
Today’s prompt from Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem is “The Unknown Sky.”
The photograph was taken of the Sierra Madre foothills when all was still and cool.
The photo has a sensual feel that I always feel compelled to write about *wink*
What lies in the unknown sky for you?
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