Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge # XIII

Carpe Diem”s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIII, Lothar”s (Rheumatologe) “this dark autumn night”

CD continues with the exciting Tan Renga challenge month and this time we have a beautiful Haiku by Lothar .


this dark autumn night
the bright stars of milky way
cries of geese above

(c) Lothar (Rheumatologe)

Here is my completion


southward bound,flying away
‘ere the hunters take them down






The agony of it all

Trifecta: Week 103

This week the word prompt is –


Remember (verb):  3 a :  to keep in mind for attention or consideration    b :  REWARD

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Here are my 333:-)



The agony of it all


Sometimes I sit back and wonder  that when you wrap your arms around other women-the new ones-who have fallen prey to your charms or even some of the old flames, who like me, have not yet learnt their lesson, what goes on in your treacherous heart?

Even as a young boy, you looked so sure of yourself and though girls swooned at the mere mention of your name, you seemed oblivious to their charms. Did you know that you were our collective Prince charming-every girl‘s secret crush? I was one of the crowd-never hoping to even catch your eye but how I loved you! No, I did not tell anyone-it was my secret and I hoarded it like a squirrel hoards nuts for winter.

Years rolled by and though I did not see you for a decade, still my heart held on to hope-the hope you had never given me. Life came full circle and we met. Circumstances were different and I found consolation in being your friend.

But, fate had something else in store. A weak moment and the secret locked within escaped my lips. That proved to be my undoing.

Our equation changed. You started working your magic on me, wooing me subtly at first and then more boldly. My heart blossomed under your loving touch and though a little mouse called doubt kept nibbling at my trust, I stoically looked the other way. Soon, you had me where you wanted-under your thumb. You owned me body and soul.

Game over.

Only a few scraps of love could be salvaged from that wreckage of emotional debris which you left behind. I was too naive to understand your mind games and your cold indifference killed all my self-esteem.

Still, somewhere deep down, I hope that you felt something akin to love and that you remember, like you said you always will.

But, am deluding myself, for it cannot be true -simply because, for you to remember would mean you loved me too!





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge #XII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XII, HA’s “entangled branches”


Our gracious host Kristjaan, at Carpe Diem, continues with the Tan Renga challenge,choosing beautifully penned Haiku by the CD community. For this XIIth  episode we have an inspiring Haiku by Anmol(HA)  and I hope my attempt at completion will not disappoint:-)

entangled branches
sun ascends through lifeless limbs
beautiful chaos

(c) Anmol (a.k.a. HA)
My completion-

renewed hopes,refreshed will
new dreams on the horizon

tear stained pillow cast aside
smiling face greets morning bright


night’s pearl necklace on the grass
morning rays gently pick up




The alley

Friday Fictioneers

It’s Wednesday and our sparkling gem of a host Rochelle Wisoff- Fields over at FF has a new prompt for us to ponder on and come up with a short story 🙂



Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


copyright - Kent Bonham

                               copyright – Kent Bonham


Here come my 100 words(excluding the title).



The alley


Scouring the place, one evening we chanced upon this alleyway.

With its weird ramps, it was clearly meant for unhurried pedestrians.

So, it did not surprise us to find it deserted even at that time.

We smiled.

It was perfect for our plan.

Next night we left our car at the corner, hauling the heavy sack between us.

Reaching a suitable spot, we lowered our package deftly.

It squelched.

We left quickly.

Next day’s newspaper headlines screamed, “Mafia Kingpin Carlos‘s body found in deserted alley. Police baffled while city celebrates.”

We flew out to the next city that needed cleaning.




Ligo Haibun -Mirror

Ligo Haibun Challenge: 08/11-14/11

The Līgo Haibun Challenge is hosted by Ye Pirate and Ese.

This week the the hosts have offered us two word prompts -“Mirror” and “Faery” and we have to choose one.My choice is Mirror.


As I journey on in this life, I catch myself looking back more often than before. The rear-view mirror of my soul reflects so much I have learnt, enjoyed, lost and shed tears on that I find it difficult to take my eyes off it. The more I age, the more my eyes stray to it ,reflecting back images that somehow look larger than life-closer than the present, clearer than what I can see –in my future.

This quirkiness of mine made me introspect, wondering if it is a natural corollary of ageing or is it just nostalgia hitting this spring chicken-you know old wine being displayed in a new bottle? After all packaging is important for a successful sale! Maybe, my heart yearns to be young again-well, the body too, ha! ha!

Childhood has a fragrant innocence that we remember only wisps of –too ephemeral to be contained in our memory except as stray strands of grey hair that seem to appear overnight and startle us in the mornings. Youth, as we all know is fleet –footed and is gone even before we have fully realized it’s potential. To most of us youth is that glass of elusive elixir that we have just dared to take a sip or two from before it is snatched away from us, making us wish that we could have tasted some more!

Ah, but I digress. All this introspection brought home the point that the soul’s mirror just reflects what we want to see. I admit, travelling on the road of life, we need to look back at times ,for  it gives us an idea of our bearings, filling us with a sense of achievement or purpose to see how far we have come .  However, just like we cannot keep looking into the rear –view mirror of a vehicle while driving and have to focus our attention ahead on the road to avoid accidents and keep moving ahead, so in life we need to keep our  eyes on the here and now. We cannot forget that we need to take in the passing scenery and enjoy it too. Life is a journey –each phase unique-to be lived fully.

Wiping the dust off all the mirrors that make my soul, I am determined to make the best of this life with a spring in my step. So what if it is the autumn of my life? I believe that just like the spring and summer of my life were beautiful, the coming seasons will make me richer in experience too. Can you hear me laughing and saying, “Bring them on?”


Life mirrors longing

soul twists twirls -in nostalgia

lessons learnt, move on





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga month #IX

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #X, Atreyee’s “The Soul drenched in Love”


At Carpe Diem,Kristjaan,our host, chose my Haiku for this challenge. I am deeply honoured and humbled that he thought that my Haiku could be used for such a challenge.I thank him from the bottom of my heart  and also thank my friends and fellow writers on CD who have completed the Tan Renga using my Haiku:-)Am looking forward to reading all the submissions as soon as I finish posting mine.

It feels strange to be completing a Tan Renga using my own Haiku and funnily I found it difficult 😛


the Soul drenched in love
seeks nothing- gives everything
finds Buddha within

(c) Atreyee


Here is my completion:-)

contented self,no conflicts
a vessel of the Supreme





Carpe Diem-Revise that Haiku #2-Basho

Carpe Diem’s Revise that haiku #2, Basho’s famous ‘old pond’


At Carpe Diem,our host Kristjaan has set us a tough challenge for this episode of “revise the Haiku”.This is what he has to say-


In this episode of ‘revise that haiku’ I love to challenge you to revise Basho’s famous ‘old pond’ haiku.”

furu ike ya / kawazu tobi komu / mizu no oto

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

Here are my feeble attempts at revising this Haiku .


the sound of silence
a frog jumps

By the pond
all silent-till a
frog plops in

a frog in the pond
spring knocking

Roses bloom,
pond silent,startled
by frog’s leap



Carpe Diem- Tan Renga challenge #IX

Carpe Diem”s Tan Renga Challenge Month #IX, JRB”s ”By the shore”

Our gracious host at Carpe Diem,Kristjaan,has chosen a beautiful Haiku again for the Tan Renga challenge.
by the shore
discarded lovers
broken shells
(c) JRB
Here is my completion.

memories of dream lovers
crashing waves, drown in the sea


little running feet fling sand
sand castles,new promises








Trifextra: Week Ninety-Three

Time for Trifextra.This is what Trifecta has to say about this weekend’s prompt.

Buddhist cosmology tells of Trāyastriṃśa, or the Heaven of Thirty-Three gods, which rule over the human realm.  This weekend we’re asking for exactly 33 of your own words about a god of your own devising that shares heaven with the other thirty-two gods.  Make it yours and have fun with it.

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These are my 33 words.



Earthlings had been clamouring incessantly.

A new God was needed.

The Council of Gods had to choose.

The last applicant sailed in.

Collective sighs and 32 “ayes” greeted the new Goddess of consensus.




Carpe Diem-Tan Renga # VIII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #VIII, MMT’s ”even candent days”

Kristjaan,our host at CD shares an amazing Haiku by Magical Mystical Teacher(MMT) for this Tan Renga challenge.

even candent days
cannot drive the willow leaves
from their homing place

(c) MMT

Here are two attempts at completion, from sleepy me-not very satisfactory,am afraid but this is what came to my mind:-)

your cold indifference fails
to outlive my love for you

flaming desire in the heart
set aflame on winter nights