Carpe Diem: Haibun


Here I tell the story of Ademete, daughter of King Aias. It was prophesied that the princess would give birth to a powerful giant that would cause the destruction of the kingdom. Terrified by the idea of a mere woman and her ginormous monster of a son on the throne, the King sent the young maiden off to sea where no man was to touch her. (also exposing her to the dangers of the raging tempests and leaving her at the mercy of blood-lusting sea beasts.)

Poseidon saw Ademete tied to her lone boat and was enraptured by her beauty (or he prolly thought the bondage thing was quite… kinky). He came to her as the gentle saliferous breeze, through which he caressed her skin. Ademete became pregnant (immediately, I suppose. you know how quick these gods are) then the god decided to save them (how nice of him) by embracing mother and child (in other words, drowning them) so their spirit could dwell immortalized, suspended between the seabed and the frothy undulating surface.

Aias, contrite and distraught from the loss of a daughter, missing her stories, was driven to insanity. He was said to spend most of his days by the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of his Ademete. ‘til the day the kingdom (and also him) was wiped out by a… wait for it… tidal wave! Hence, fulfilling the prophesy. But Poseidon took pity on him and allowed his spirit to linger by the shore, so that from time to time, he is comforted by the soothing whispers of the waves to the sand.

the moaning giant
tells her story wave by wave
to the patient shore

Well, I sure hope you didn’t believe any of that, cos 1) it’s just mythology and 2) I just made it all up.haha

Why not? It has all the ingredients of a classic Greek myth tale: Tragedy – check. Rape by a god – check. The oracle is never wrong – check. And lastly, the unmistakable message that the tale of any woman who attempts to rise to power ends up…well, bad. -check! ^^ lol Ahh these Ancient Greeks. *scratches head* Hope you enjoyed ^^


15 thoughts on “Carpe Diem: Haibun

  1. KZ … what a wonderful mythological like story you share here with us. You’re a real story-teller. I have published a new feature on Carpe Diem called ‘Kamishibai’ it’s based on an ancient Japanese manner to tell stories. Be welcome to share another haibun. 🙂

  2. Rollicking fun! You really had a good time there with that myth…who knows, it may become real legend told to school children in years to come – the haiku though is soft, with beautiful pause for contemplation as the waves roll. Very nice.

  3. And for a moment or two I thought I was learning about a myth I hadn’t heard of… Well, actually, I WAS learning about a myth I hadn’t heard before… Who is to say it won’t go down in history as ‘true’…!
    What a fertile imagination you have, kz… and such a pretty head to store it in… 😉

    • haha thanks.. Greek myth is so intriguing in such a crazy way. the way it’s so evident how they try to teach women certain ‘lessons’ and how the stories are fashioned to instill submissiveness and obedience in them. the storytellers were of course, men, so *shrugs* lol

    • haha i’m glad you found the story almost believable lol ^^ i was careful to add all the necessary ancient Greek myth

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