Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Haiku Shuukan #37 Time

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time I hadn't the opportunity to post another episode of our weekly Haiku Shuukan. And time isn't at my side. I have to much to do. I am an oncology nurse and of course the owner and host of the daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the base of the most weblogs I have created. Haiku Shuukan is part of what I love to call the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family and here I try to inspire you through weekly posts.

This week I have a nice quote by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) for your inspiration. Khalil Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern-day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran(Rahmeh). As a young man Khalil emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.

He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.

Kahlil Gibran

He has written a lot of novels full of philosophical texts and the quote I love to challenge you with is from "Sand and Foam" (1926), it's not so well known as his "The Prophet", but has a lot of wonderful words.

Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?" [...]
And this is what I came up with:

seasons come and go
every year again, without changes,
the circle of life

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 20th at noon (CET). Have fun!


  1. Yes they do. The wheels go spinning round and round.Nice one !

  2. Wonderful Kristjaan ! I always admire his works !

  3. The circle of life. We can rely on the seasons. A reassuring constant in a turbulent world. Lovely haiku !