Japanese calligraphy by Aoi Yamaguchi (great website)

The quote provided for today’s Carpe Diem Challenge is from Paulo Coelho’s novel “The Witch Of Portobello”.

The quote for today points to the skill of calligraphy. In ancient Japan calligraphy was a high art and all the classical haiku poets used it. The leading character of “The Witch …” learns this art in the middle of the desert.

[…] “Naturally, if she respected the brush that she used, she would realize that in order to learn to write she must cultivate serenity and elegance. And serenity comes from the heart.” […] (Source: The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho)


Wrote a Tanka (5-7-5-7-7) for this challenge

Years he had labored,
Yet, he stood where he began…
“Why?” he had questioned,
The Ego! the old man said,
“Abandon it! That’s the key.

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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

7 replies on “Carpe Diem #1323 Serenity…Key to Success

    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. Am really enjoying the quotes you’re choosing. Gives us so much to think about. It’s wonderful being part of this Haiku-kai group. Thank you.


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