Thursday, May 1, 2014

Carpe Diem's Use that Quote #5 Confucius

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a while ago, somewhere back in March 2014, that published a episode of Carpe Diem's Use That Quote, so I thought "Maybe I have to publish a new episode of CD Quote", so here it is a new CD Quote:

Today I love to share a quote by Confucius:

[...] Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. [...]

Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC. He is a wellknown philosopher and there are a lot of quotes by him, but his philosophy is also one of the spiritual roots of haiku. In the haiku by e.g. Basho we can see a lot of confucianism. Basho had studied the works of Confucius and in a part of his life he used Confucius' philosophy for quite a while.

To use this quote in a haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun isn't easy, but I have to try it of course.

the circle of life
cherry blossoms bloom and fall
one by one

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... not a bad try I think ...

Credits: Cherry blossom petals falling

This episode of CD Use That Quote is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 30th at noon. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special.


  1. not a bad? You made it too good, Kristjaan.As easy those words to pronounce so much tough they are to follow in our own life.

  2. I enjoy this feature very much. That was a very fine, meditative haiku you gave us to think about, the more thinking, the more the mind opens about it, and more ideas come!