Life is beautiful 

on a music wave, flute song   

soars infectious beat 

lithe voices harmonize an

ancient anthem melody 


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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.

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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).

‘Give your dreams the wings to fly’— #Writer’s Quote Wednesday, #BeWoW

Believe Refrain

I was on a road trip yesterday listening to Christmas music and ‘Believe’, sung by Josh Groban, came up. His melodic tenor voice singing this inspirational song captured my attention. I have quoted the refrain, my favourite verse, and the core message of the song.  Part of The Polar Express soundtrack (2004), ‘Believe’ celebrates the magic Christmas offers to both adults and children. If you’re in the mood, I recommend the  YouTube video sung by Josh Groban, accompanied by beautiful images, uploaded by Chrmdanglgrl. If you click on ‘Show More’ under the video, you will be able to read the full lyrics while listening to the song.

For more seasonal and uplifting quotes, please visit SilverThreading, host of Writer’s Quote Wednesday, and RonovanWrites, host of Be Writing on Wednesday.

‘Harder to walk these days than run’

Album: Faultlines, 2004, Karine Polwart, from Stirlingshire, Scotland

I used to think I could live by the law
And believe everything that my own two eyes saw
But now all the certainties have come undone
And it’s harder to walk these days than run

I was always impressed with how lassie could tell
The good guys from bad guys just by their smell
But now they’re all odourless everyone
And it’s harder to walk these days than run

I read all the books, I thought words could repair
And I dreamed of a language that everyone shared
But all reason retreats in the face of a gun
And it’s harder to walk these days than run

And how can I consider what’s wrong and what’s right?
When everything moves even faster than light?
I’m not even sure I can trust in the sun
It’s so much harder to walk these days than run

You told me everything in its own time
And you waited for yours and I waited for mine
And right from the start I knew you were the one
Who’d make it easier to walk these days
Easier to walk these days
Easier to walk these days
Than run

Easier to walk these days than run
Easier to walk these days than run
Than run
Than run
Oh it’s easier to walk these days than run

This song, written and sung by Karine Polwart, inspired me to write a poem:

Gunshot fire, bombs,
cyclones, tsunamis, famine
Make you want to run.

Make you want to run
Though you know running won’t help
You run for your life.

You run for your life
grasp for answers, seek solace,
new reality.

New reality,
A well of love and laughter
Strength to see again.

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Tournier Morning— Ronovan’s 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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