In the labyrinth


This morning, soft rain

last night, a hazy moon

– the path is obscure

Old paths are blocked

I walk the labyrinth

seeking direction

Up at the temple

worshippers are gathering

– a new month begins*

                                                                       To go to chanting,

                                                                         drums banging, cymbals crashing,

                                                                          or to sit in silence?

* At the beginning of each month people go to a healing centre near my home to chant mantras and sing songs of praise.   It’s really energising but very, very noisy.

Prompts:   – misty showers, end of the month, no strength left


22 thoughts on “In the labyrinth

  1. I love your series and your photo reminds me of photos I took tonight…I was so enthralled by the moon tonight I chanted my mantra on my walk home when I usually only chant at midday.

    1. It is an amazing moon. Full moon in Scorpio -Wesak, (Buddha’s birthday) and coming hot on the heels of the ols celtic spring festival of beltane. The spiritual energies are so powerful and beautiful right now. How wonderful to spontaneously chant your mantra like that. I am so glad my writing meant something to you

  2. A very nice series Suzanne …. I like (notwithstanding the noise) the two last haiku a lot. They are giveing a nice touch to the haiku which I gave as an inspiration.

    1. Thank you. I do enjoy these carpe diem prompts. They are often a way into thinking and writing about my own journey.

  3. I love this linking of haiku, and the opportunity for a longer meditation. Nothing is wasted, and it has the feel of haiku from a different time and place. I love it. Maybe it would be a pity to withdraw from the carpe diem prompts, even if you withdraw from the challenge. They’ve led to some profound writing and thinking.

    1. That’s true. I have found them a creative way of writing about my own journey. I just don’t want to get embroiled in some discussion or competition about whether my haiku are the right kind of haiku to be writing for carpe diem challenges. Maybe I’m being over sensitive – it’s just that the haiku I write are an authentic expression of my inner life. Some times it’s hard to be completely objective about them. Going back to the quote from Basho I posted last week I have to conclude I am not writing Basho style haiku and therefore probably do not conform to the ideals of carpe diem.
      A bit of a rant here- hope you don’t mind. I’m just thinking some thing through here.

        1. Thanks Meg. I will write more on this subject later today and post then. Enjoy your first sleep in Warsaw. I’m guessing its night there now.

    1. Glad you like It. It was a photographic mistake – I accidentally had the camera on the wrong setting. I rather like the effect though

  4. A nice, spiritual collection – the problem was the first two haiku are the same, but the very first one better – with your photo too. Last two nice, and funny!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I wondered if the first
      two haiku were too similar but thought the second one was stronger. But then what do I know? I’m just writing these things as a way of expressing my own spiritual journey. If other people get something out of what I write, that’s a bonus. If not, so be it. I think I will withdraw from writing haiku for Carpe Diem because I don’t understand the rules

      1. Hiya Susanne … the rules on CDHK aren’t very difficult to follow, because basically they are just the classical haiku rules and can be found here: – wabi-sabi- karuma etc. are subtleties one can reach for trying to write haiku in Basho’s style … Shiki did without them and had his own style … I think that a haiku poet should find one’s own way of writing and expressing oneself and outside of the basic rules (with or without the five-seven-five 😉 ) the rest is something you can leave if it doesn’t suit your way of expressing yourself, you write lovely haiku full of strength and meaning … the subtleties shouldn’t stand in your way. One can be inspired by Basho even if one doesn’t write like Basho 😉

        I loved how you formatted this post, making it seem like a labyrinth … a great idea .. and loved your haiku

        1. Thanks so much for that informativeand supportive comment Georgia. I will follow up on the leads you have given me and do some study. You have given me some greatguidelines here. Thanks again

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