dVerse Open Link Night- Pathya Vat: Eternity

“At Eternity’s Gate” by Vincent Van Gogh

Chair creaks, fire snaps
useless hands hold
life once so bold
taken by war
Thanatos grasp
my son no more
this I implore
take me instead
“Nay” Death’s head clacks
raise thy aged head
Mars must be fed
though it be hard
no youth be barred
he now stands guard
o’er joy’s realm

For d’Verse OpenLinkNight. This style of poem, found at http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/pathya_vat.htm, is called a Pathya Vat, a form that originated in Cambodia.

The breakdown of the form is quite simple. It has four lines of four syllables each. The second and third line of a stanza rhyme. If you decide to chain them, as I did, then the second and third line rhyme the last line of the previous stanza.

Line 1 – 4 syllables (A)

Line 2 – 4 syllables (B)

Line 3 – 4 syllables (B)

Line 4 – 4 syllables (C)

Second stanza (if relevant)

Line 5 – 4 syllables (D)

Line 6 – 4 syllables (C)

Line 7 – 4 syllables (C)

Line 8 – 4 syllables (E)

and so on.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


Carpe Diem #367: Kirov

Four-named city’s face
reflects struggles of past hurt
both country and mine

On our train journey with Paulo Coelho, we’re stopping off at the city of Kirov, also called at various times, Vyatka, Khlynov, and Hılın (when managed by the Khanate of Kazan). I’m trying to approach this from how I imagine Coelho, or some other native aware of the history of the country, might.

Kirov is a place that has had its share of struggles. The river port went bankrupt in the ’90’s, causing the riverboats to be sold to other areas. The airport also closed for several years during that same time period. I don’t believe these hardships were solely the province of Kirov, but a reflection of the general state as the Soviet Union broke up and Russia created a new identity for itself (if I’m incorrect, feel free to correct me in the comments).

I’m tried to mirror the struggles of Kirov, and Russia in general, to the struggle that prompts Coelho to chronicle his journey. Whether it works or not is for you to decide.

Head over to Carpe Diem and read other haibun and haiku.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


Carpe Diem “Make The Haiku Complete”: Boreas’ Reign

full moon of winter
departing geese

From Kristjaan at Carpe Diem:

What a joy to present you a new episode of “make the haiku complete”. I think that I have a nice (tough) challenge for you all.
For this episode I have chosen to challenge you to write a second line towards a given haiku. This time it’s really a hard challenge, because writing a second line is more difficult than writing a 1st or 3rd line to complete a haiku. To make it even more difficult … the second line must be 7 syllables, as is the “rule” for the classic haiku.

Here’s my completion:

full moon of winter
Boreas breath blankets boughs
departing geese
File:The North Wind and the Sun - Wind - Project Gutenberg etext 19994.jpg

picture found: wikipedia.org
The North Wind and the Sun-illustrated for a 1919 edition of Aesop’s Fables by Milo Winter.

A (very) little background: Boreas is one of four directional Anemoi (wind-gods) in Greek Mythology. He is the North Wind, bringer of cold and ice, a god of winter. To learn far more, if you’re interested, click the link on his name to be taken to his page at www.theoi.com.

Join in with your own completion over at Carpe Diem.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

Carpe Diem #364 – Yaroslavsky Terminal (Aleph)

Credits: Yaroslavsky Terminal Moscow

Whistles cry “It’s time”

Fame’s gifts await my presence

soft notes stir the past


For Carpe Diem #364 – Yaroslavsky Terminal. This is where Paulo Coelho begins his journey in his novel, “Aleph.” Head on over to Carpe Diem and check out this month’s theme; join in the fun if you feel like it!

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


New To Me Poetry – Tetractys: Recharge

Starlit Ridge

Starlit Ridge (Photo credit: nick.mealey)







and calm
inside me.
Midnight’s glory
recharges patience for day’s chaos.

This is my entry for Mind Love Misery’s Prompt 36 – Virtues. I decided to combine with a New To Me Poetry entry: the Tetractys.

A Tetractys consists of five lines that break down like so:

Line 1 – 1 syllable (no “a” “and” “the” or “boring” one syllable words)

Line 2 – 2 syllables

Line 3 – 3 syllables

Line 4 – 4 syllables

Line 5 – 10 syllables

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn