Carpe Diem: Daily Haiku 103

essential to life
the little space under my hat
enjoying the coolness

(c) Basho (1676)

Today, we have a brilliant inspirational haiku by Kristjaan

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow

treeshadow

my haiku:


looking for a tree
to shelter man’s silly head
the oak’s dying gasps

the oak’s dying gasps
man rests his weary ass
on a wooden bench

on a wooden bench
man grumbles under the heat
looking for a tree

Carpe Diem: Haibun

wave

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 ^^

Carpe Diem: Daily Haiku 102 : Chocolate Hills

This kinda came to me at the last moment.lol though I prolly shoud’ve suggested this to Kristjaan for a separate prompt. The Chocolate Hills is a geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. The vast spread of almost-symmetrical mound shaped hills are covered in green grass that turns brown, like chocolate, during the dry season, hence the name.

hills

These majestic wonders of nature consist of Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene, thin to medium bedded, sandy to rubbly marine lime stones with abundant fossils of shallow marine foraminifera, coral, mollusks, and algae. They were created by a combination of the dissolution of limestone by rainfall, surface water, and groundwater, and their subaerial erosion by rivers and streams after they had been uplifted above sea level and fractured by tectonic processes.


earth and sea makes love
from fiery undulations
majesty was born

Legend has it that two battling giants once hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. (From the story I heard as a kid, it was actually cacao that the giants threw at each other). The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted them to the point that they simply decided to kiss and make up. But they kinda forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their fight, hence the lovely Chocolate Hills were formed. This is just one of many many stories. The others range from romantic to gross (like the one about the hills being the result of a gigantic Carabao’s poo) ^^

even clumsy hands
when fueled with strong passion
can create greatness

nature’s elements
thrown in a flight of whimsy
to conceive beauty

Chocolate