Haiku Carpe Diem #194, Strength (VIII) Tarot

The Carpe Diem Haiku prompt returns to the Tarot pack today with the next card, Strength (VIII).

Three takes on strength today.

I’m not sure if Freud used a lion as symbolism in his work, but in modern times the Strength card has apparently been interpreted as representing the higher mind’s control over the Id, and so I’ve invoked that licence poets apparently have.

Following this, Mary Magdalene makes her second appearance in my tarot haiku. Man makes the mother a virgin and the wife a prostitute, reminding us that there’s real strength in man’s lies if we allow there to be.

I close with a three word, 11 syllable, thought on one of humanity’s strengths…


freud’s lion
carries mother with
higher mind


the mother and wife
the virgin and prostitute
the strength of man’s lies



Thank you for coming together with me to reflect on strength today. No doubt Freud would have something to say about the abundance of Mothers in my Haikus over the last few days and my ego’s desire to read your comments below 🙂

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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15 Responses to Haiku Carpe Diem #194, Strength (VIII) Tarot

  1. Maggie Grace says:

    The Vatican has control over what Catholics believe. The story of Mary Magdalene was voted to be omitted from the bible by committee. Have always gotten Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene confused. Always…still. When I speak or see. Jumbled in my head. I like how you tackle such topics with your wonderful haiku.


  2. pirate says:

    I think you reach in unconquered directions with your haiku – really very interesting. Your last haiku above is wonderful. A real haiku,for sure, 3 words! And so powerful,so fitting. I very much liked the 2nd too, and first. Very strong meanings, and true. Yes, emphasis on psychology there.


  3. Cathy Tenzo says:

    Very nice collection, and it is no wonder this time of year to have mothers on your mind.


  4. artmusedog says:

    Wow ! Very insightful haiku ~ and well crafted as always ~ You are one enlightened being! Thanks!


  5. A lot of thoughts into these three haiku, and my favorite your bold three words


  6. JazzBumpa says:

    Very well done, John.

    Religion is just one of the tools men use to oppress women.



    • jrbsays says:

      Thanks JzB, I do find it amazing how we allow it to remain so.
      As (I believe) Edmund Burke said “bad things happen when good men do nothing”. 🙂


  7. WabiSabi says:

    Wow! you “calls ’em like you sees ’em”! Your second one especially hit home! Here’s a secret : Women have way more strength than men in all areas except one. And men have managed to use their physical strength for many milleniums to keep women in their place!Strength


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