Carpe Diem Haiku – Luottolako



Luottolako is a high plateau in the nationalpark of Sarek; its remoteness — at least 3 days of strenuous walking from any road —- combined with the many days of rain each summer and many mountain streams that often are impossible or dangerous to ford made this day when we finally saw it in sunshine a moment that will linger in my memory. We were walking to the sound of rivulets and chirping wheatears.

call of plover –
shadows of passing clouds
running past

In the middle of the plateau we sit down on a flat stone, sun-kissed warm it is a perfect place to cook a cup of coffee. As we wait for the coffee to get ready, we sip clear ice-cold water and laying down on the lichen covered stone I look for formations in the passing clouds. Far away the blue silhouettes of Pårek benignly watches over us, sending a gentle whiff of glacier-air to cool us a little.

cotton dragons
in sun-kissed silver lining —
giggling stream

Sarek 2

Later. In the valley below, we pitch our tent and sit silently and watch the arctic sun dip below the mountain edge, leaving our tent in bluish shadow shadow that is very far from what we normally call night.

arctic night —
shadows grace the tent
sleep come easy

Sarek 3

Linked to Carpe Diem

December 30, 2014

16 responses to “Carpe Diem Haiku – Luottolako

  1. That was a great read. It seemed like effortlessly’written, and really works. Also sounds like an enticing place. I agree it could be labelled haibun, but you caught the travel diary side so well.

  2. This is poetry and a very strong presence in nature. I haven’t been in Sarek but I have walked on Kungsleden 🙂
    Happy New Year Björn!
    Wishing you all the best for 2015!

  3. So close to Nature was your journey. It looks to rough, chilly, and damp for me though. I loved the descriptions and the pictures.
    I’m working on a kikôbun but I am not sure I will complete it tonight. 🙂
    I like yours. (Is there a grade for doing a good job? You’ve earned an A+ in my gradebook.)

  4. What a wonderful piece about hiking up in the far north of the planet – something I can only imagine. I love the photos and your haiku add another layer to your descriptions. I really enjoyed reading.

  5. Bjorn these are each perfect. I also appreciated your commentary and your very beautiful photos. I have missed you and my other poet friends, but I shall return either tomorrow or the next day – to blogging. A very happy New Year to you.

  6. This is beautiful…such a experience to read along and capture some of the beauty you saw…I loved imagining lying on the snow interpreting the various shapes of the clouds…such wonderment.

  7. Bjorn, This sounded like a piece from National Geographic. Well done. It took a while to get there it seems, but was well worth it. Once more, Happy Holidays! 🙂 — Suzanne

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