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Sunday Scribblings #136: Seize the Day and Write Carpe Diem

So February 26th is the date to seize the day and write Carpe Diem, well a Carpe Diem poem too! While the phrase is ancient (almost), and became popular when Robert Frost wrote a poem titled Carpe Diem in 1938, the Carpe Diem Day is more recent. Learn more about the history of this day here.

The poetic form titled Carpe Diem is independent of the national day observation but it was interesting to me since I had put the form in my Poetic Sundays draft in January hoping to use it soon. And realized that it makes perfect sense for me to seize the Carpe Diem day to feature the Carpe Diem form!

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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #136: Seize the Day and Write Carpe Diem

Poetic Sundays: Seize the Day and Write a Carpe Diem Poem

The Carpe Diem poetic form was created by Pat Simpson in August of 2010. Its concept is simple, to seize the moment and write about what is making you happy.

What is the Carpe Diem Poetic Form?

The Carpe Diem poem is an attempt to seize the happiness of everyday moments and capture those in words. It is a syllabic decastich written in one single stanza and has no metrical or rhyme requirements. The only requirements it does have are to write about what makes you happy and to follow the syllabic count across those 10 lines of the poem.

A Carpe Diem Poem’s Characteristics

So a Carpe Diem poem’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • stanzaic: is a single stanza of 10 lines
  • syllabic: follows a syllabic scheme of 8/6/4/2/10/2/4/6/8/10
  • themed: write about anything that makes you happy
  • free of rules of rhyme and meter

h/t: poetscollective,

My Carpe Diem Attempt to Seize the Day

Somethings (someones) that make me happy..

My Happiness Quotient
Sweethearts two, they take up the space
You know – the one – that place
called heart. The two,
they do
fill it up with just being who they are!
mine, and my son…
Sunray, sunshine my own!
The two, they do fill up my heart
With hugs, pecks, smiles, tears, things both sweet and tart.

~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites


On My Blog & the Blogosphere

My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:

& at Home

It is snowing here in the Bay Area!! And loads of it too… a dusting of white on all the trees and mountain tops around us as we step out of our home…. A wondrous unexpected sight indeed. Family visiting us from the East Coast mentioned they were actually feeling colder here than back home for them…Not the best pic but it was cloudy when we hiked on our favorite local hiking trail.


On My Blog & Homefront

posts and such, as always…

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week of February/March include: Lawrence George Durrell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Steinbeck, and Peter De Vries on the 27th; Hermione Lee, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket!), and Tony Robbins on the 28th/29th; Ralph Ellison and Robert Lowell on 1st March; Dr. Seuss, Peter Straub, Olivia Manning, and John Irving on the 2nd; James Merrill and Patricia MacLachlan on March 3rd followed by Khaled Hosseini, Toru Dutt, Dav Pilley, and Julia Cameron on the 4th of March; Sarah J. Maas on March 5th; Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Gabriel García Márquez on the 6th
  • It is Read Across America Day on the 2nd of March.
  • Jewish Book Week is observed annually in the UK, and this year it is from February 26 – March 6th.
  • March 4th happens to be National Grammar Day and World Book Day (UK/Ireland) is celebrated in the UK and Ireland on March 4th (A similar event is celebrated April 23rd here in the US).
  • Newspapers in Education Week – Starts the first Saturday in March 
  • Will Eisner Week – March 1-7 – this is to encourage us to read, experience, dream in graphic art form.
  • March is International Ideas Month, so let those ideas flow!
  • National Ghostwriters Week as well as National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week take place from March 1 to 7.

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Multi-day events

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! How do you plan to seize the day? Will you write a carpe diem poem? As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Poetic Sundays: Seize the Day and Write a Carpe Diem Poem

7 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #136: Seize the Day and Write Carpe Diem

  1. Ah, Carpe Diem Day! I like this so much. I’ve been thinking lately about the bittersweet after reading the book of the same name. The author believes that it is the bittersweet that brings about the greatest happiness. Very intriguing.

    And snow in your part of the world at this time of the year? Now that is totally unexpected.

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