Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) Harmony and Death – February 23, 2016

perfect harmony
is absent in living things
such is life
there’s time for perfection
after your funeral

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Theme Week #1 episode 7: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Insight 6 balance isn’t always necessary

Learning how to practice shiatsu and the usage of the various elements in Chinese cornucopia of theories and techniques we were warned that perfect harmony is impossible in a living creature … all things change and it is impossible to stop the ebb and flow of qi in order to pose a person in perfect yin-yang harmony.  Here is what one of the most famous practitioners in the history of Chinese medicine has to say:

‘Zhaolin had a malignant illness that physicians were unable to cure, so he went and asked [Sun] Simiao, “What principles do the famous physicians employ to cure illness?” Simiao answered, “I have heard that if one is skilled at talking about Heaven, one must substantiate it in the human realm; if one is skilled at talking about humans, one must also root it in Heaven. In Heaven, there are four seasons and five phases; winter cold and summer heat alternate with each other. When this cyclical revolution is harmonious, it forms rain; when it is angry, wind; when it congeals, frost and snow; when it stretches out, rainbows. These are the constancies of Heaven and Earth. Humans have four limbs and five internal organs. They alternate between being awake and sleeping. In exhaling and inhaling and spitting out and sucking in, essence and qi leave and come. In their flow, they constitute the constructive and protective [influences of the body], they manifest as facial color, and they erupt as sound. These are the constancies of humanity. Yang employs the form, yin employs the essence. This is where Heaven and humanity are identical.

When [the constancies] are lost, if [qi and essence] steam upward, they cause heat [in the body]; if they are blocked, they cause cold; if they are bound, tumors and excrescences; if they sink, abscesses; if they scatter wildly, panting and shortness of breath; and if they are exhausted, scorching and withering. Their symptoms arise on the face, and their transformations move around in the body.
When one extends this analogy to apply to Heaven and Earth, it is also likewise. Thus the waxing and waning of the Five Planets, the irregular motions of the constellations, the eclipses of the sun and moon, the flight of shooting stars, these are Heaven and Earth’s symptoms of danger. Unseasonable winter cold and summer heat are the ascent or blockage [of qi and essence] in Heaven and Earth. Uprighted boulders and thrust-up earth are the tumors and excrescences of Heaven and Earth. Collapsing mountains and caved-in ground are the abscesses of Heaven and Earth. Scattered winds and violent rain are the panting and shortness of breath of Heaven and Earth. Dried-up streams and parched marshes are the scorching and withering of Heaven and Earth.
An excellent physician guides [qi and essence] with medicines and [lancing] stones and rescues with needles and prescriptions. A sage[ly ruler] harmonises [qi and essence] in order to perfect his power and uses them for support in order to manage the affairs of humanity. Thus, the human body has illnesses that can be cured, and Heaven and Earth have calamities that can be dispersed.”’

Journal of Chinese Medicine

Morning Haiku and Waka – Harmony – April 23, 2015



a walk into clouds
from this dark inner self – light
first rays of dawn
harmony and wind-song
oasis from life’s chaos

harmony and peace
in the still silence of dawn
a whippoorwill sings

tumbling waterfall
this harmony in chaos
life is sweet

© G.s.k. ‘15

Harmony can be found in a moment of chaos or an instant of silence.  At one with yourself, beyond pretension and ambition, the understanding of what is rather than the gasping search of an unattainable presumed perfection of what should be. That instant of harmony hearing the sweet chorus of the here and now is the end and the beginning of life’s voyage.

even in this chaos
a single moment of peace
cicada love songs

© G.s.k. ‘15


Inspired by Chèvrefeuille’s wonderful post dedicated to Harmony at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:

let shine the light
don’t hide it under a bowl –
share the Light of the World

© Chèvrefeuille

finding peace of mind
the soothing sound of rippling water
the rustling of leaves

the rustling of leaves
strengthens my tired mind
that’s fortitude

that’s fortitude
deep inner peace, the beating of my heart,
the music of life

the music of life
caught in the rippling stream –
finding peace of mind

© Chèvrefeuille

Also linked to “Harmony – Haiku and Waka” – Walking with Sekhmet

The Spirit of Christmas – Naani and Shadorma – December 9, 2014

A group of street beggars dressed as metal statues sit in downtown Rome, Italy, on December 19, 2012. Photo: AFP

Photo Credits – A group of street beggars dressed as metal statues sit in downtown Rome, Italy, on December 19, 2012. Photo: AFP – South China Morning Post

In the cold lonely streets
Beggars ask for charity –
The fur covered ladies
Are generous at Christmas

Don’t pretend
Be honest within
Aren’t Christmas decorations
They’re a way of life

© G.s.k. ‘14

Linked to Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond

Shuukan #8 Harmonious – June 7, 2014

To round up my morning of haiku, I went to see Kristjaan’s shuukan for this week, it can be found here:

This week there is a twist:

This week our prompt is “Harmonious” and I think that word doesn’t further explanation, nevertheless I will challenge you all a little bit. Therefore I challenge you to write a haiku with the classical rules as there are:

  1. a kigo or season word;

  2. a keriji or cutting word (it’s a word or transliteration mark which divides one scene from the other in the same haiku)

  3. 5-7-5 syllables;

  4. it describes a moment as short as the sound of a frog jumping into the pond;

  5. sometimes a deeper spiritual meaning;

  6. first and last line are interchangeable;

  7. it describes an experience and not how the poet feels about it.



sunny water world
walking on crowded beachs
passing thunder cloud

birds on the grass
bickering over bread crumbs
kid’s kite flies wildly

sunny summer days
children and birds twittering
listen: duck’s laughing

elemental days
seasons in culmination
vacationing thoughts

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Shuukan # 8


Friday Fictioneers – June 6, 2014 (Satori Haibun)

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Candles and incense burnt and whilst listening to the shakuhachi I travelled beyond the room into the world of Basho:

the winter storm
hid in the bamboo grove
and quieted away

There alone yet surrounded by the haiku master’s verse, peace descended and the sound of one hand clapping echoed through my mind. The wind of the storm shook the roof tiles the warmth of the fire crackled. The nearness of Satori, tangible, snow began to fall slowly covering the terrace. The here and now – soft white harmony.

winter reflections
the snow grows ever higher
quieting the soul