May the road rise up to meet you

In response to On the Road—The Journey Begins:


May you walk with ease

along a well-marked path

May your load be light.

∼ ∼ ∼

When mantras hum

the road carries me

cares dissolve

the journey and I 

are one again.

∼ ∼ ∼

Suzanne is launching a new bi-weekly prompt series called ‘On the Road—Prompts for Haiku, Haibun and Haiku.’  The introductory post explains her vision:

We are all travelling some kind of road – the road of life – the road to the deep interior – the road to nowhere – the road to recovery – the road home …  Our journeys can be physical and/or metaphorical;  inner and outer.

On the Road prompts focus on various aspects of the journey.  Two prompts are posted each week.  One on Wednesday and the other on Saturday (Australian EST).

The prompts are offered as suggestions for haiku, haibun and haiga.

The first prompt is an old Irish blessing “May the Road Rise up to Meet You”.  My first response is a haiku and the second is a tanka.  After I wrote it I realized that a tanka may be outside the scope of this challenge…that remains to be clarified.

©2017 Ontheland

Night sounds

Strange night cries

from behind the trees

fluted trills

tease curious minds

awed by the unknown.

As spring progresses night sounds become louder and more mysterious.  We are never sure what we are hearing.  Often the sounds seem too loud to be frogs or crickets.  Could they be birds or baby coyotes we wonder?  With no naturalist on hand we live with unnamed presences.

©2017 Ontheland



Traffic wheels through slush

snow falls on a grey city

layers of time huddle

Passersby smile as Baroque

chimes from a hidden spire.

©2017 Ontheland

I was in Toronto on Monday afternoon parking my car when I thought I was dreaming.  I heard what sounded like a Bach chorale wafting through city sounds.  And then I saw the green spire, which you can see in the photo.  I imagine the carillon musician was preparing for a concert.

In 1922 the carillon of Metropolitan United Church was the first tuned Carillon to be installed in North America.  It started with 23 bells and now has 54.  I lived in Toronto for over 30 years but don’t recall hearing the carillon before, except perhaps to chime the hour.  It was my lucky day!