Haiku Carpe Diem #195, The Hermit (IX)

Carpe Diem’s next Tarot Haiku prompt is The Hermit (IX)…



Leaving his cave on the mountain, the old hermit walked for days and nights around the villages, highways and byways of the area. Curiously, even in daylight hours he still carried his lantern lit.

One day, on passing through their village once again,  the villagers’ curiosity overtook their suspicion of strangers and they asked the hermit “Sir, why do you carry your lantern lit even in daylight?” The wizened hermit thought for a moment, and then with a sparkle in his eye replied “Because I’m searching for an honest man.”


lantern shines by day
as the wise hermit searches
for an honest man


without possession
the hermit finds his answer
with nature, as one


the humble hermit
takes note of the wisdom in
a traveller’s song

Every man needs his cave they say. I hope you’ve enjoyed the paintings and the writing on the wall of mine?

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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18 Responses to Haiku Carpe Diem #195, The Hermit (IX)

  1. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Oh, that I too could hear that wise traveller’s song!

    The Hermit


  2. ewdupler says:

    I really like how you weave the poetry and story, together.


  3. JazzBumpa says:

    even on the cave wall
    your writing rocks



  4. 4joyjoanne says:

    jeez, that was a wonderful tale and fabulous images,…you get A+, for sure!


  5. WabiSabi says:

    Blessed is the hermit who can hear the wisdom in the traveller’s songs! 🙂Hermit


  6. beautiful! the last one is my favorite!


  7. Beautiful story and haiku, but the last one is a gem


  8. I wish that I had my own cave … but I have just my working room to seek for deeper knowledge. Nice series of haiku Jrb


  9. Maggie Grace says:

    I don’t remember seeing the hermit’s story of carrying the lantern in daylight in my reading. Interesting story and carried so nicely into your haiku. I think this hermit is not exactly Jung’s inner wisdom but the background sounded like it. Mine is very refined and dignified. lol.


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