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
and
they tried to round them up.
They ran in all directions
it was a sight to see,
they
created
a slap-stick comedy!
Chaplin
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.

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!

MarketPadova
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;
Padova.

Sunday Walk: Going to the History Dept in Padova

On Monday I went with Momo, one of my son’s classmates to the History Department’s Library, where I passed the afternoon writing “Grace’s Cove”.  Instead of taking me by the normal route via The Theatre into Piazza delle Erbe and then in front of the Duomo  then right (Via Vescovado) to the street were we’d find the History Department…we took some back streets…this is our walk.

PizzeriaPadova is full of Portici, covered walkways in this case we find a Pizzeria, closed of course!

Turn Left hereHere we turned left which took us to one of the four roman bridges of Padova.

One of four Roman BridgesThe view from the BridgeWe then went to our right and down a back alley:

Down a back alleyWhich took us along yet another portici, with an interesting ceiling and the the back of the Duomo:

interesting ceilingBehind the DuomoWell, we both needed a little money so, as we passed along yet another portici beside the Duomo we went to an ATM:

From the ATMThe Duomo looks better from the back rather than the front, at least in my opinion:

Il DuomoWe passed in front of the Duomo and then turned right, I forgot to take a picture of the shop at the beginning of the street, here you could have bought some interesting vestments if you are a Catholic preist!

Nearing the History Dept.The next picture is a little further up this street, to the left is the Tana del Lupolo, which I showed you yesterday:

Due PorticiAt the end of the Portici where we found the Tana del Lupolo (where our history students take their coffee break by the way, is the entrance to the History Dept:

History DepartmentLibrary to the rightThe Library is to your right, but we went into the court-yard to wait for my son to finish his lesson.  Here I also took some photos from the back garden of the Duomo, or The Vescovado:

History StudentsGatesCourt yardMy son finished his lesson and we all went for a coffee break before going to the library…where we stayed for the following 4 hours!

Tana del Lupolo

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday Walk through the back streets of Padova!  See you next week. (This will also be tagged with the Weekly Photo Challenge…so many curves!)

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