Carpe Diem – Haibun – December 3, 2014

train station


Carpe Diem!  Running I caught the train at the last moment.  I hadn’t planned the trip, it was a vague idea the evening before after talking to my son, but the during the night the idea grew.  Waking up the idea was mature.

I grabbed my bag, threw in a change of clothes, my computer, wallet and phone.  I called my son whilst on the bus, telling him I’d arrive that morning.  Waiting for the regional train in Verona for Padua, a “freccia” for Venice pulled into the station it had a stop-over in Padua so I decided to take it instead, paying extra.  I arrived in Padua at 10:30 instead of noon.  We had a lovely day together my son and I, walking the streets of the city and then having dinner at an Indian restaurant.  After dinner we went home and watched “Doctor Who” on the computer then talked until around three in the morning.  The next morning we had breakfast at the train station and I returned home.  (The photo above was taken that morning as the “freccia” arrived in Verona).

Some of the most important decisions of my life were made on the spur of the moment … getting married, going to Italy, buying a house just to name a few. Of course, making a snap decision, can also be the first step in making a mistake.  On the other hand, often,  if you try to have all the facts before you make a decision, you might find that there’s no longer a decision to be made at all!  Life’s like that; an adventure, a triumph, sadness, tragedy but if you don’t seize the moment,  you just watch life pass you by, a passive spectator.

two roads divided
choosing where to go
Carpe Diem

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Film Quote Prompt:  “Carpe diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary”

~ Dead poets Society (Robin Williams)


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Sunday Shoot and Quote for Ese

“Sometimes it just feels really really wonderful to be alive.”
― Doug Coupland

“There was a skyness to the sky and a nowness to the world that he had never seen or felt or realized before.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Ese this Sunday chose alive as her quote research prompt, and there is a lot of material out there to choose from.  I chose these two…the first is just so obvious…I or you could have said it and there was not need for Doug Coupland for these words…but I liked it, probably because I could and have said it may times!

The there’s the second quote.  Ah, here Neil Gaiman captures something that the first quote doesn’t offer…feeling, and the feeling that’s there is the wonder of being vitally alive!

These are some of the moments that I’ve felt alive…in Padua and Riva del Garda.  Nothing really special, but the air was full of life, or I was!

Have a great week people feeling alive!

Haibun: Riflections on the River

Riflextions on the River

Reflections on the River

The air always so clean the morning after a storm, the sky more intense. Reflections of clouds and the city allow me to see reality but also the magical city imaged in the water.

Which would I choose if I could live in one or the other?  The figs will flower soon.  I love figs, maybe I would choose reality.

images of the morning
serenely I contemplate
figs and reality

Haibun Prompt: 13th Floor Paradigm

Silly Poem: Country Bumpkins

chickens on the road

Silly country bumpkins,
walking in the road,
flapping and a squawking
never going home…
They’d came into the city
seeking out
fancy food,
maybe some excitement,
something that was new.
Rooster and his harem,
moseyed them along
with stoic chicken phlegm
in the middle of disaster!
Then the farmer came.
He called out to his wife:
“Our chickens are in the road!”
and so, she too came out
they tried to round them up.
They ran in all directions
it was a sight to see,
a slap-stick comedy!
would have laughed I’m sure.
They dodged
the passing cars
and with their short wings flew,
until they found the gate
that led them to their coop.
After this adventure
with a happy ending,
I continued my daily walk,
tickled by the chicken feathers
of silly country bumpkins.

Photograpy and Free Verse: Playing with reflections


of all that has been

of all that is

and still will be

imagining life


some new place

or time

I play with a photo


create a dream.

A modern bank building in Padova reflects history!

A modern bank building in Padova reflects history!

I emphasized, polorized, went b/w with colored center then blurred the rest!  Got to have some fun!

I emphasized, polarized, went b/w with colored center then blurred the rest! Got to have some fun!

Poetry: Trail one: Palindrome – Padova Market

We create our own prompt today at We Drink Because We Are Poets and so I wanted to try a Palindrome again!

Vegetables tempting,
Colors excited eyes
Walking the Market, Piazza Erbe, Monday:

Three carrots, a yellow bell pepper and a zucchini he bought,

Monday, Erbe Piazza, the Market walking…
eyes excited:  colors
Tempting Vegetables;