Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #35, Managua’s “let the ravens come”



 After a hiatus of few months,am back .So happy to see the CD community thriving under the able guidance of our gracious host Kristjaan.This week he has chosen the haiku  below,composed by Managua of “Fresh From a Hermit’s Forest”.The challenge is to  write/compose a second stanza (classical 7-7 syllables) towards the given haiku. 



let the ravens come
let them smile as they pick the flesh
from the battlefield  (Managua)


And here is my completion

Power hungry men huddle
conspiring against world peace (Atreyee)




Carpe Diem #380

Carpe Diem #380, Chita

At CD,Kristjaan,our host has used the following beautiful paragraph from Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph” to inspire us.

 “I love you. I love you because all the loves in the world are like different rivers flowing into the same lake, where they meet and transformed into a single love that becomes rain and blesses the earth. I love you like a river that creates the right conditions for trees and bushes and flowers to flourish along its banks. I love you like a river that gives water to the thirsty and takes people where they want to go. I love you like a river which understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and to rest in the shallows. I love you because we are all born in the same place, at the same source, which keeps us provided with a constant supply of water. And so, when we feel weak, all we have to do is wait a little. The spring returns, the winter snows melt and fill us with new energy.
I receive your love and I give you mine. Not the love of a man for a woman, not the love of a father  for a child, not the love of God for His creatures, but a love with no name and no explanation, like a river that cannot explain why it follows a particular course, but simply flows onwards. A love that asks for nothing and gives nothing in return, it is simply there. […] (Source: “Aleph” by Paulo Coelho)

Kristjaan’s own hiaku is so inspired that many of us are spellbound.Am sharing Kristjaan’s haikus here with you all dear readers,so that you see how difficult it was for any of us to  write for this challenge:-)

lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love

everlasting love
like a river flows onwards
uncertain of its goal

uncertain of its goal
rising from the depths of the pond
lotus flowers


Now,wasn’t that beautifully ethereal?

Here comes my feeble effort 😛

Hearts aflame,
a beacon of love
burning bright

burning bright
drawing us closer
pearly dew

pearly dew
sizzling tenderly
hearts aflame




Carpe Diem Special #73 (2)

Carpe Diem Special #73, Alexey Andreyev’s fourth, “day after Valentine’s”

Another attempt at this challenge ‘cos last time in my excitement,instead of writing a haiku in the same spirit and essence as that of the one below I wrote a Tan Renga-sigh!Thanks to our gracious host Kristjaan at CD,I get another chance at attempting this challenge.This is the haiku  written by Alexey Andreyev,which is to be used for inspiration:-)


day after Valentine’s –
red petals on the floor, and
a broom in the corner

(c) Alexey Andreyev

 My attempts at  new haiku in the same spirit as Alexey:-)

move over romance
Valentine’s day is over
routine life beckons

starry eyes no more
Valentine’s day has gone by
passion forgotten





Carpe Diem Special #73

Carpe Diem Special #73, Alexey Andreyev’s fourth, “day after Valentine’s”

At CD,our host Kristjaan has chosen a haiku written by Alexey Andreyev,a Russian haiku-poet.Alexey is the  featured haiku-poet for this month.This fourth haiku is about Valentine’s day or more the day after.The challenge is  to write an all new haiku in the same sense, tone and Spirit as the one given.

day after Valentine’s –
red petals on the floor, and
a broom in the corner

(c) Alexey Andreyev


Here come my completions:-)


a familiar scent fading
old love letters on the floor


fashionable sunglasses
hiding damp eyes,broken heart






Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge #27

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #27, “I catch the sunrise”


At CD,our wonderful host Kristjaan has chosen  to start this week’s Tan Renga Challenge i with a haiku written by Ese of Ese’s Voice.

great expectations
entangled in fishing line
i catch the sunrise

(c) Ese

My completion-

the sea of desire whimpers
reality lashes back

undaunted,I change the bait
smiling,reel in the surprise





Carpe Diem #376, Yenisei River

At CD,our amazing host Kristjaan has come up with this interesting write up about our journey in life and beyond-yes,reincarnation.He has used Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph” as an example Well,I really do not know  if I believe in an afterlife-rebirth–I don’t think I do.I think whatever we do,we have to pay for it in this very life -Karma is the key.But,if I were to be born again,I hope it will be a good life again:-)So this was a difficult challenge for me.This is my Haiku on this theme-


No past lives,I travel light
my Karma holds me aloft





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga #26

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #26, Nicole’s “summer evening”

Have missed a lot of fun challenges on CD  in the last 3 weeks or so but trying to pick up  the threads now.At CD,our  fantastic host Kristjaan  has kept everyone busy and creatively active:-) For this Tan Renga challenge he has chosen the following lovely Haiku.

summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book

(c) Nicole the Local Artist


My completion-

lost in fantasy,eyes dream of
white knights in shining armour

beckons- sadly,no takers
kids busy with mobile apps







Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #23, ” into the sea “

At CD,our wonderful host Kristjaan has  once again chosen this lovely starting haiku by Jane Reichhold  for completion of Tan Renga.

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright

(c) Jane Reichhold

My completion-

lovers rendezvous under
gossamer dreams,starry eyed




Carpe Diem special-Hando

Carpe Diem Special #67, Hando’s 3rd ”sit in silence”


For this special challenge at CD,our amazing host Kristjaan has challenged us to write a haiku in the same spirit as tone as the one below by the wonderful haiku-poet Hando.

on the Snowmass slope
even the magpies on the fence 
sit in silence 
(c) Hando
These are my three attempts 🙂

Purity of the soul
speckled by dark thoughts
silent atonement

Blackbirds of cacophony
dotting the snowy landscape

In the winter chill wearing
snow capes,conserving warmth,
dark shapes huddle





Carpe Diem -Tan Renga #22

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #22, JRB’s “The Sweetest of Dreams”

For this week’s Tan Renga challenge at CD ,our gracious host Kristjaan has chosen this lovely haiku by  JRB of Five-Seven-Five.

the sweetest of dreams
flowing like silk on her skin
sharp intake of breath                                          


Here is my completion.

passionate kisses,eyes close
her lips part in ecstasy