I Walked A Mile

Autumn Wallpaper

I really like this simple but powerfully stated poem by Robert Browning Hamilton called “I Walked A Mile.”  It is only two stanzas but has a lot to say: 

“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”

I completely agree with what he said in this poem for I have received many more blessings from Sorrow than ever I did from Pleasure!  Please share your thoughts with me on this poem!


God’s Promise For Today…

From 365promises.com

Promise #230 – Saturday, August 18, 2018


Promise #230:
If two of you agree in prayer, I will do whatever you ask. 

Matthew 18:19 (WEB)
Again, assuredly I tell you,
that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything
that they will ask, it will be done for them
by my Father who is in heaven.

Listen To Shell Speak

Carpe Diem Extra – 2nd Edition Of The Troiku Kukai

For this 2nd edition of the Troiku Kukai I have chosen a nice haiku by the classical master Yosa Buson (1716-1784). Separate the three lines and create a new haiku with every separated line.

Springtime rain — 
a little shell on a small beach, 
enough to moisten it

My added lines will appear in italics.

springtime rain –
a little shell on a small beach
enough to moisten it

springtime rain –
cleanses the air and makes way
rebirth begins new

a little shell on a small beach
the giant ocean washes
all old memories

enough to moisten it
flowering new memories
listen to shell speak

Swinging Gate

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #110 – Swinging Gate

For this “first” newly born Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku written by our wonderful and beautiful Jane Reichhold.  I have taken this haiku from her online “dictionary of haiku” from the division Summer and sub-division Plants:

a swinging gate
on both sides the flowers
open – close

What was the goal of this special feature? To create the second stanza of the Tan Renga through association on the images. scenes in the given haiku. The second stanza is a two-lined verse with approximately 14 syllables (7-7).
Tan Renga looks very similar to Tanka, but Tan Renga is written by two poets instead of one poet as is done with Tanka.

My two-lined verse will be written in italics.

a swinging gate
on both sides the flowers
open – close

reveals sweet aroma
only at chosen moments