Sunday, January 5, 2014

carpe diem


Sweetest journey's end
whispers warm on parted lips
now is enough love

Kristjaan asked us to distill a haiku from a well-known longer work. I took my inspiration from the example he shared, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Join us at carpe diem.

O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting—
Every wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.


20 comments:

  1. now is enough...i rather like that bit of verse...
    it is nice once the journey is done,
    and you know it is...to enjoy the now...

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  2. You did a great job of packing so much in such few words....I agree now is enough

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  3. Wonderful sentiment & craftsmanship with this challenge,

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  4. Susie and Glenn, can you see me grinning and blushing? I think very highly of you both. Thank you.

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  5. "Now is enough love" is really beautiful - and it always IS enough love, we just dont always see it.

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  6. I add to the consensus "Now is enough love" wonderful line in a very sensual poem...

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  7. Tender and intimate. Magical.

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  8. Oh I love this Elizabethan folk song...gorgeous!

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  9. The haiku fits well with the journey he is taking with Paul Coelho. Really great job.

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  10. well crafted with sweetness and passion.. :)

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  11. This is a very interesting exercise - I like the end result.

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  12. I have a hard time being satisfied with the amount of now love in my life but I celebrate those who are. And therefore your poem is a goal for me rather than a declaration.

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  13. 'now is enough love' - how sweet the thought and wonderful the experience.
    Anna :o]

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  14. One of my favorite bits of The Bard--you distill it down well. Good to see you out and about again, LaTonya.

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  15. "Journeys end in lovers’ meeting" and a new one begins...

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  16. Wow! You did a great job on this distillation LaTonya ... really a nice haiku and I am honored that you've used my haiku also for your inspiration ... thank you for sharing.

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