Carpe Diem #1323 Serenity…Key to Success

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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7 responses to “Carpe Diem #1323 Serenity…Key to Success”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I love that line ‘he stood where he began’, a profound response to the challenge Smitha.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, thank you 😊…I’m smiling cheek to cheek. Love your comment. I loved that line too.☺

      Liked by 1 person

  2. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    A great response to the challenge, Smitha.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Robbie and thank you for the share. It means so much that you think so. Xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Chèvrefeuille Avatar

    Excellent approach of this quote.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      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.


      1. Chèvrefeuille Avatar

        It’s a pleasure to create this month. Thank you for your kind words.

        Liked by 1 person

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