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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Carpe Diem # 111 - Staff, Walking Stick

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What we found looks almost identical to this image.

Found a Shillelagh
[Walking staff or stout weapon?] in
My mother-in-law's house

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This stout walking stick
Hand-me-down from her father
An Irish relic

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As a fib

Stick handed
Down generations
Is it full of fight or magic?

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When writing The Hobbit in the early 1930s Tolkien gave the name Gandalf to the leader of the Dwarves, the character later called Thorin Oakenshield. The name is taken from the same source as all the other Dwarf names (save Balin) in The Hobbit: the "Catalogue of Dwarves" in the Völuspá The Old Norse name Gandalfr incorporates the words gandr meaning "wand", "staff" or (especially in compounds) "magic" and álfr "elf".

Gandalf Mithrandir
Great staff-wielding wizard
Source of Wise Council

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"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
  -  Gildor Inglorion

As a haiku

Do not meddle in
Gandalf's affairs for he is
Subtle and Testy

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Carpe Diem # 111


  1. Ah.... me thinks the Irish Shillelagh is full of bit o' fight AND a bit o' magic! Love this take on the prompt! And thanks for the heads up. My comments are being tossed into spam too!

  2. Walking staff or stout weapon? -- hehe hard to get over that first haiku ^^ it's awesome too that you associated staff with magic!

  3. I like! Nice haiku on this tough subject (I thought anyway)!

  4. Hi, you've already visited me today. Love these! And on the spam filter thing--I have started checking it regularly. I had three lovely comments from fellow poets trapped in there today. I don't know why! If you want the reminder of where you've been the link is:

  5. He is certainly testy!! I like the majic of all these Haiku. Thanks for sharing

  6. Magical filled haiku set ... You're a Tolkien fan?

  7. Creative and...yes, with that touch of magic here... Yet I keep wondering about "the walking staff or stout weapon" question :)

  8. A fun and magical take on prompt, lovely! BTW picture does look like some witch's magic wand.

  9. Your Gandalf and Tolkien images are great.

  10. Thanks, all.
    And yes - I'm a huge Tolkein fan.


  11. I loved the humor you created :-)

  12. Well, if it's your mother-in-law's house, it's no doubt a cudgel. Whack, whack, whack!

  13. i love all the magic in these haiku.....well done again

  14. Love the Irish shillelagh. Nice take on the prompt most of all. I wish I had thought of it.

  15. All these magical terms dance before my eyes... Me likes them. ;-) Following you on GFC


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