The Chimera – Chained Tanka – September 26, 2016

in the darkest hours
heed not the famished wolf
calling from the wild
seek out the soft loving moon
and turn your heart to song

in the darkest night
the spider weaves its web
with honeyed words
trapping the guileless fly
in the stickiness of lies

poisoned these waters
though they seem a mystic balm
a foul chimera
stands by the crystal fountain
with sharp-edged teeth

Rumi warns the maids
of the false lover’s night song
even as the jackal
prey upon the innocent
so does the serpent’s words

heed not siren’s songs
fill your soul with soft bee’s wax
sail to safer shores
seek out the bright moon’s glow
awaiting the light of dawn

© G.s.k. ‘15

Inspiration – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

born from wisdom and deceit
blood mixed mead of Kvasir

sweet poems inspired
born from the ashes of deceit
sooth mankind’s hearts

I invite you to read yesterday’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – it’s a bit of Norse mythology about how inspiration was born!  A great read. Here’s the beginning:

“The Mead of Poetry

At the conclusion of the Aesir-Vanir War, the Aesir and Vanir gods and goddesses sealed their truce by spitting into a great vat. From their spittle they formed a man whom they named Kvasir (“Fermented Juice”). Kvasir was the wisest human that had ever lived; none were able to present him with a question for which he didn’t have a satisfying answer. He became famous and traveled throughout the world giving counsel.
Kvasir was invited to the home of two dwarves, Fjalar (“Deceiver”) and Galar (“Screamer”). Upon his arrival, the dwarves slew Kvasir and brewed mead with his blood. This mead contained Kvasir’s ability to dispense wisdom, and was appropriately named Óðrœrir (“Stirrer of Inspiration”). Any who drank of it would become a poet or a scholar.”(cont)


Carpe Diem #341, Nidhöggr



snake gnawing world’s roots
seeking freedom to destroy
Earth trembles and shakes

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

Click the photo for the YouTube link to: Pagan Metal – Nidhöggr

For Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:  Nidhöggr – Adrian Von Zeigler


my first choice was a Senryu:

preparing the battle
dragon gnaws at life’s roots
Ragnarök today!

N.B.  Since my youngest son was little he loved mythology and history…of course he went into D&D for a time, we read fantasy together in the evening and old Norse stories…you can say that the kid helped me create a knowledge base I wouldn’t have had…encluding Egyptian dieties…ergo Bastet!  I think I’ll have to pass this piece of music on to him. He’ll love it and I find it better than some of the Epic Metal that he usually listens too when the mood takes him!