Life is beautiful 

on a music wave, flute song   

soars infectious beat 

lithe voices harmonize an

ancient anthem melody 


©2017 Ontheland

The current Winter Retreat theme at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is “Life is Beautiful”. Music can travel to euphoric places and so this tanka came to me listening to “Enigma” by Karunesh—also offered as a prompt by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

“I want to go beyond the limits and barriers separating different cultures, mixing different music styles and let them flow and dance together. Music is the one language in the world that everybody understands, across all cultures, religions and beliefs – music for body, heart and soul. ” – Karunesh

Life is poetry

Life is poetry

Life is music

Life is art, dance….

Each speck

Each peccadillo

Each laugh, each tear

Each flower

Each breath

Each moment

Each eternity


Is poetry

a river of being


River and spray,

Flame and ash,

Song and echo,

Home and journey,

Everything and

nothing at all.

©2017, Ontheland

If feelings of déjà vu are coming up for you, you may  have heard Cid Corman’s three-line poem titled ‘The Call’ (at the link scroll down to find the poem–it opens with ‘Life is poetry’. Or you may have heard these words attributed to Leonard Cohen:  ‘Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash’. Both Cid Corman’s poem and Leonard Cohen’s quote resonate with me.



A cello’s song elaborates

relentless flow on each pull of bow,

a jagged breath surrenders—slow

anguish suspends, shudders fade

an oboe soars to higher peaks,

tired souls hear heaven speak

a pulse conjured by orchestral throng,

harmonious voices draw comfort near,

erase despair, slow many a tear—

wordless wisdom steady and true

commands tormented thoughts to cease

as silken vibrations mend and release.

©2016, ontheland.wordpress.com

Many thanks to Imelda of MY WALL who posted Yo-Yo Ma’s cello performance with her beautiful poem: ‘Cello Caress’ and to Jane Dougherty who prompted us, a few weeks ago, to write about pain using this rhyming form (challenge #49).

Tournier Morning— Ronovan’s Haiku Prompt #65: Harp & Clear

Golden notes cascade,

Shimmer luminosity,

Magical harp song.


imageThis post was written in response to Ronovan Writes Monday Haiku Challenge #65.  To read more haiku using the prompt words “Harp” and “Clear”, please  visit Ronovan’s  Prompt Post.  There he explains how to participate; participants post links to their haiku contributions in the Comments section.   On Sunday, October 11, visit RonovanWrites for a Roundup with links to all entries, plus an informative and entertaining review. 

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‘Love song to the earth’—Writer’s Quote Wednesday–#BeWoW

This is a love song to the earth,
You’re no ordinary world,
A diamond in the universe,
Heaven’s poetry to us,
Keep it safe, keep it safe, keep it safe,
‘Cause it’s our world.
See Mama earth is in a crazy mess,
It’s time for us to do our best,
From deep sea straight up to Everest,
She under crazy stress unless you wanna be motherless,
Clean heart, green heart, is the way I stress,
Speediness and too much greediness,
6 Billion people all want plentiness,
Some people think this is harmless,
But if we continue there’ll only be emptiness.

My quotes for today are from ‘Love Song to the Earth’, a charity single released on September 4, 2015.  The first section is the song’s refrain and the second is one of the verses.  The song was written by a group of writers at the request of the United Nations Foundation. There are a variety of  authorship attributions, but these names have been cited most often:  Tony Gad, John Shanks, Natasha Bedingfeld, and Sean Paul.

‘Love Song to the Earth’  is an anthem intended to increase public awareness and support for climate action as we approach the UN climate talks in Paris (November 30 to December 11).  The idea is that  general public support for climate action will motivate world leaders at the climate talks to reach a bold consensus.

Before reading more, I invite you to listen and view this beautiful lyric video starring 16 well-known pop performers, including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow:

The first time I listened to the song I thought it was sort of ‘soft’.  It is gentle, but I have come to like it.  I quoted the rap verse, because I feel that musically, it has the most ‘punch’–as do the words.  The gentleness of the song was intentional.  People tune out to climate change fear messages. The writers felt that appealing to feelings of love and a desire to care for our planet would be more empowering than trying to motivate with fear. I tend to agree. What are your thoughts on this?

This is more than a song, it’s a political strategy.  The song has a website: lovesongtotheearth.org  and a twitter handle: #sharethelovesong. On the website you are invited to sign a message, to world leaders attending the climate summit, saying:

“Please take a strong stand to keep Earth safe at the global climate negotiations.”

The message, with signatures, will be presented at the opening of the climate talks.  On top of all this,  any royalties from purchasing, streaming, or sharing the song will go to the United Nations Foundation in its work to promote international climate change efforts, and to Friends of the Earth U.S., for its climate change work.


This post is being linked  to Writer’s Quote Wednesday October 7 hosted by Colleen Chesebro, author of Silver Threading.  Please follow the above link to read her launch post. As well, there are links to other Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts in the Comments section.



And for more quotation posts, visit  Ronovan Writes #BeWoW, October 7This link will take you to a  post by Ronovan, host of #BeWoW– Be Writing on Wednesday  and Be Wonderful on Wednesday.

Music’s Gifts–Acrostic Poem

Day 2 of WordPress Blogging University, Writing 201, and the assignment is to write an Acrostic poem. Hint: in my poem the first letter of each line will spell out a word.  Music is an art that is close to my heart–in fact, there was a time when it was an obsession. I played oboe and then saxophone–stories that have been buried inside me for a while.  Blogging seems to loosen the compacted earth of memory, as a garden hoe–an unexpected process, but not an unwelcome one.