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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Writing with Gibran - Beggar - August 31, 2014

This is the last  haiku prompt dedicated to "Sea and Foam" offered by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai the month began with the following quote:

I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain 

Something to always keep in mind as we reflect upon life!  Here are the quotes that will inspire the beggar series:

[...] "We are all beggars at the gate of the temple, and each one of us receives his share of the bounty of the King when he enters the temple, and when he goes out. But we are all jealous of one another, which is another way of belittling the King". [...]

envy at the gate
among the rich and the poor
always wanting more

beggars at the gate
searching for recognition
the king showers gifts

jealous of others
the gates of heaven close
againt the anger

the here and now
 enjoying life's bounty
gateway to heaven

©  G.s.k. '14


Now for a beautiful series from Kikaku and Issa:

the beggar!
he has Heaven and Earth,
for his summer clothes
© Kikaku
  Now a few haiku by Issa.
kimi ga yo wa kojiki no ie mo nobori kana

Great Japan!
even a beggar's house
has a summer banner

kiji naite ume ni kojiki no yo nari keri

pheasant crying--
it's a plum blossom-filled
beggar's world now!

hatsu yuki ya asaebisu suru kado kojiki

first snowfall--
early morning at my gate
a beggar

at the temple gate
I bow in front of beggars
honoring their spirit

© Chèvrefeuille

beggar's bowl,
chased by the autumn wind,
enters the temple

© Chèvrefeuille


  1. I like what you did here, Georgia. Nothing is ever white or has many grey areas. And your including your fav Issa`s lovely haiku. Wonderfully done, Cara xx

  2. Thanks Cher! I have to admit that the Issa poems were on the CD prompt .... but I was so happy to see them! Life is rarely what we think it "should" be ... if we just take it for what it is, we'd probably suffer much less.

  3. The gates of heaven closing against the anger -- wow, Georgia --- this is a powerful image. Seems like that's what the 1% have been doing though ----

    Great work here ---

    1. Glad you liked that particular image ... I did too ;-)

  4. Jealousy always reminds me of gossip. And we have all played that game...
    I learned a few years ago a fitting ditty; we have two ears and only one mouth so we should listen twice as much.

    And we should not be so quick to judge that which we cannot see. While we would like to blame all our ills on those who we think are not sharing... they might just be doing so without recognition. Kind of like judging a book by its cover. We may not like the art work, but the story may have more value... and yet there have been some books with great hype that I could not finish...


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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