sweet scent

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #50 – Rabindraneth Tagore’s
“where shadow chases light” 

“At the start of this month I told you that every weekend meditation would be a “Carpe Diem Distillation” episode, in that special feature the goal is to create a haiku (this time only haiku) from a given so called “long poem”. This weekend I have “sympathy” as the poem to work with, also a beautiful poem by Tagore.

There is one difference with the other two weekend meditations we have had this month. This time you have to create a Troiku with your distilled haiku. More about Troiku you can find above in the menu. It’s a creative way of haiku-ing invented by your host.”

This is my delight,
thus to wait and watch at the wayside
where shadow chases light
and the rain comes in the wake of the summer.

Messengers, with tidings from unknown skies,
greet me and speed along the road.
My heart is glad within,
and the breath of the passing breeze is sweet.

From dawn till dusk I sit here before my door,
and I know that of a sudden
the happy moment will arrive when I shall see.

In the meanwhile I smile and I sing all alone.
In the meanwhile the air is filling with the perfume of promise.

©️ Rabindranath Tagore

Here is my distillation haiku:

perfume of promise
sweet scent within my doorway
eyes await sight

Here is my troiku:

perfume of promise
yellow rosebuds light the bush
summer comes soon

sweet scent within my doorway
elusive breezes
reach out for happiness

eyes await sight
of day’s perfect moment
drifting like perfume


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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