Carpe Diem Distillation #6: Right Now Is All We Have

Embrace this moment, 
sweet lover. Indulge afore
time wilts thy passions.

A Carpe Diem Special where we attempt to “distill” a poem into haiku form. This week’s poem comes from The Bard, William Shakespeare. The poem, appropriately enough, is named “Carpe Diem” and comes from third scene of the second act in Twelfth Night.

Poster from The Twelfth Night 1921

The poem:

O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting—
Every wise man’s son doth know.
What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.
Head on over to Carpe Diem for your haiku about “Carpe Diem.” I’m going to leave you with a song that came to mind as I read Shakespeare’s poem.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


13 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Distillation #6: Right Now Is All We Have

  1. I like your poem, and I love that you mentioned Marvin Gaye. I was nerdier and put a link to the song of the Shakespeare poem on my blog 🙂

    • Ha! I had to put Marvin on there as that whole poem of Shakespeare’s really just seemed to boil down to “Let’s get it on” for me 😀

      • Yes, another good comparison would be “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel–sort of a “hey Baby, let’s do this now while we still can” thing going on here” ;P

  2. Great haiku! Why wait? 🙂

  3. Thou doth seem a passionate bard this eve 😉

    • Indeed, Calliope hath besotted my wit with her tender ministrations during Nox’s reign this day. Mayhap she shall postpone dread departure on morrow’s dawn to shower blessed gifts ‘pon my brow once more. May the Muses smile upon thee, fair C.C., ’til I gaze upon thy kindness as Aurora bows to Apollo’s arrival again. 😀

  4. Marvin Gay and Shakespeare. 🙂 interesting.

  5. What a lovely haiku you’ve distilled from Shakespeare’s poem. Well done.

  6. You capture the period and the message.

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