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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Morning Haiku and Waka (A Future of Dreams) – Haiku – October 25, 2014

train station

over ancient railroad tracks
leading onwards

train’s destination
unknown – passing in a blur
leading onwards

dream voyage
across mountains and streams
leading onwards

a distant whistle
ancient ghostly station
leading onwards

(c) G.s.k. ’14


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As Chèvrefeuilles plans his cross continental trip to Japan this Spring…he shows us something of the train he’ll be using…and my mind begins to travel through out Europe!

Europe to Japan

across the mountains
through forests over tundra
leaving from Holland
arrival Siberia
then to contemplate Japan

Europe by Train

it is so lovely
traveling by train my friends
watch the cities fly
and walk to the dining car
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