For Robin Williams – a little late (Free Verse)


For Robin Williams – a little late

behind his happy mask
a loner
as an extrovert
in a superficial world
that prizes aggressiveness
out-going panache
did he look in the mirror
of lying reflections
and listen to the music
of the clown
who laughs – through his tears,
so the whole world
could laugh at him
feeling uplifted …
yet his soul
tattered and shredded
drowned in depression
and alone he left
this world
in tears.

© G.s.k. ‘15

 Tale Weaver #41 – Masks

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)


Linked to Haibun Thinking!

What Dreams May Come – August 13, 2014

What dreams may come
I do not know …
I know the nightmares of this world
The longing for the hurt to end
To just give up and write the finale …
I wonder where our souls go
Will dreams continue
Will life go on
Will this bit of energy flower
In another form
Will life’s lessons go with us …
Or is this wilderness
A lonely passage
A strange flux in the universe
Which once we’re gone
Becomes silence.


your voice is gone
the morning brought the news
your laugh silenced