Carpe Diem Shuukan – Gothic 2 – June 3, 2014

logo haiku shuukanfair ladies walking
peasants working dawn to dusk
the castle watchs

beseiged for months
hardships and sacrifices
the castle protects

demons of men’s minds abroad
the castle haunts

hallowed walls
echos of knights and monks
the castle sleeps

tumbled  ruins
tourists tramping – photograph
Arco’s castle …

arco's castle

12 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Shuukan – Gothic 2 – June 3, 2014

  1. That last stanza makes me wonder about all the ruins that have become tourist spots. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles where these places are showing damage from the constant traffic. Makes me think a time will come when we can’t visit them any more.


    • It is a problem, especially where the older ruins are concerned, especially if funds are not provided to keep them properly, like in Pompeii, which is particularly delicate. Problem is, many of these places are a source of income for the city or town.

      Here, for example, ample funds have been provided for the upkeep of the castles, and in fact have actually been partially renovated (not rebuilt, the mortar has been renewed, sensitive areas cordoned off, personel hired to guard the place against mad graffitti artists … things like that). The very air corrodes some of the stone work by the way, as well as birds, storms, landslides etc.


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