Changing Goals – Shuukan_two – March 19, 2015

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two points of view
goals shift in the dawn
like wayward arrows

we live together
Eeyore, Winnie and I
in one soul
glimpsing illumination
while – bemoaning thorny paths

© G.s.k. ‘15

This is linked to Carpe Diem Shuukan:

Each arrow flies differently. You can shoot a thousand arrows and each one will follow a different trajectory: that is the way of the bow.

Every Arrow Flies Differently – Shuukan – March 19, 2015

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even as these gulls
each arrow finds its own path
flying through the wind

© G.s.k. ‘15

Today’s thought for meditation on Carpe Diem Shuukan is the following from “the way of the bow” based on the e-book by Paulo Coelho:

[…] When the archer draws the bow-string, he can see the whole world in his bow.

When he follows the flight of the arrow, that world grows closer to him, caresses him and gives him a perfect sense of duty fulfilled.

Each arrow flies differently. You can shoot a thousand arrows and each one will follow a different trajectory: that is the way of the bow. […]

Linked to Carpe Diem Shuukan – ‘The Way of the Bow’

Haiku – Pilgrimage Carpe Diem

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city life bustles
they eat their lunch

contented
walking down a street alone
no virtue in this

confusion and strife
freedom is the middle road
observing ducks

pilgrimage within
easy to be fooled by spring
defenses sleep

peace
walking in a world of war
without taking sides

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Written for: Carpe Diem Special #81, The Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela (part 7)

Paulo Coelho seeks wisdom along the paths of Santiago De Compostela and finds peace in the open country, which he promptly loses upon coming to a big city with its confusion and mundanity … this episode made me reflect upon the times, really very often, when being by myself I felt in harmony with the world … only to feel lost and at unease once I’m back “in the world”.

Loosely quoted a Zen master once said about satori: When I sought satori, the mountains were mountains and the sky was sky…when I found satori the mountains were no longer mountains and the sky was no longer the sky … afterwards, the mountains were mountains and the sky was sky!  It’s easy to be in a state of grace when we are alone and not tested by everyday life.

Haiku – Personal Demons

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children’s passtimes
screaming shouting joyous
summer games

children playing
laughing as they kick their ball
man walks by

power struggles
inside the man’s breast
he teases children

a desert demon
lies within his adult soul
envying innocence

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Carpe Diem #80, The Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela

Santiago de Compostela (1) – Carpe Diem

one foot before another
pathway leads ever onwards
from guide to guide

village behind him
walking towards the unknown
something forgotten

excitement quickens
almost running down the path
guide was found searching

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special

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